Once again Lonnie's thoughtful and sensitive voice resonates off of the pages of Peace, Locomotion just as they did off of Locomotion. While LocomotioOnce again Lonnie's thoughtful and sensitive voice resonates off of the pages of Peace, Locomotion just as they did off of Locomotion. While Locomotion was a book in verse, Peace, Locomotion is an epistolatory (written in letters) novel. All of the letters that Lonnie writes is to his sister Lili because they have been separated into different foster homes and Lonnie is to be the rememberer for the two of them. In these letters, he remembers and shares. While both Locomotion and Peace, Locomotion deal with Lonnie coming of age in a foster home dealing with the death of his parents and his sister being taken away, in Peace, Locomotion it is not the main focus- he has become comfortable with Miss Edna and sees his sister often. In Peace, Locomotion, I felt that it was more about Lonnie finding his place in the world now that he has figured out his place in his own little world.
Some quotes: "Ms. Cooper told me the poem wasn't outside the window. I think Ms. Cooper is the one that's not a poet because poetry is everywhere." pg. 32
"There's all kind of mamas..." pg. 35
"'The way I see it,' he said. 'You pray for peace, all the rest of the stuff comes. If there was peace, nobody would be getting hurt or jacked up in a war, right?...Peace covers everything, Little Brother. Everything.'" pg. 40-41
"My mind's always going and going. Been like that since I was a little kid, but it wasn't going like teachers wanted it to be so they always tried to get me to do things different... When I was a kid and even when I was a teenager, I always thought it was me. But when I got older, I started realizing that I just got stuck with some lame teacher... and they made me thing I wasn't a good student, so I wasn't." pg 53-54
"It would be cool... to make some of those kids who think they're not smart suddenly see how smart they really are." pg. 54
Notes: *I think this is a book that all teachers should read, because it shows how a teacher can impact a child negatively and/or positively just by showing them confidence. *While an amazing book, I am not sure why it is on the SSYRA 2011-2012 list. I know it is listed as a companion to Locomotion, but it is more a sequel than a companion (as it obviously happens after) and it makes much more sense with the background of the first novel....more
Summary: Samuel is 13 and lives with his parents peacefully on the frontier in America. They live in a small settlement in a dirt floored cabin that backed up to the forest. Samuel loved the forest, he'd become the sole provider of food for the settlement and he enjoyed every minute he spent in the forest. They lived far from any town so that it took sometimes months before any news got to their ears, including the beginning of the war. It was not long after they'd heard about the war against the British that Samuel was out in the woods searching for deer that he noticed smoke coming from where his settlement was- way too much smoke. When he arrived he found destruction and death. All the cabins in his settlement were burnt down and bodies were everywhere; however, it seemed his parents were taken captive. It is now Samuel's only mission in life to track down and save his parents. On this adventure, he learns more about more about the horror of the war that America is now in.
What I Think: I love historical fiction! Well, good historical fiction and Woods Runner is good historical fiction. After first I was feeling so-so about the book, but then on page 20 the book becomes such a page turner. This book is only my 5 historical fiction book about the Revolutionary war, but it is the first that shows what happened from an American that live on the frontier. This book also showed me some of the side work the British army and its allies did. Being in war with someone and fighting them is one thing, but the British along with Iroquois Indians as well as the Hessians, the German fighters for Britain, were ruthless and often committed war crimes. This book is built to not only entertain you, but to teach you. Gary Paulsen puts snippets of historical information between chapters to help the reader understand more specifically what is going on in the book- I loved learning that little bit more!
Next to how much I loved the historical element of this novel, Gary Paulsen also crafts such an amazing survival adventure with a protagonist that anyone will root for....more
Is Origami Yoda real? Well, of course he is real- he is a an origami finger puppet on Dwight's finger. But, is Origami Yoda Dwight speaking or OrigamiIs Origami Yoda real? Well, of course he is real- he is a an origami finger puppet on Dwight's finger. But, is Origami Yoda Dwight speaking or Origami Yoda speaking? This is the question that Tommy and his friend Harvey investigate in this case file from different classmates that have dealt with Dwight and Origami Yoda.
This book is a great rung up in the humor ladder from Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Super funny and intelligent. ...more
Wow. This book is almost too good for normal words. First, I cannot believe that it did not win any awards!! It should have won the Schneider or the NWow. This book is almost too good for normal words. First, I cannot believe that it did not win any awards!! It should have won the Schneider or the Newbery or something- it is such a special book!
Melody has cerebral palsy and cannot speak or move too well or share all of the greatness in her mind. This is Melody's story. She is so smart and funny and her story is one you shouldn't miss!...more
Alcatraz breaks everything. Some say he destroys, but he swears he only breaks and doesn't do it on purpose. Because of this, he is sent from foster hAlcatraz breaks everything. Some say he destroys, but he swears he only breaks and doesn't do it on purpose. Because of this, he is sent from foster home to foster home, being given up on whenever he breaks something that his foster family loves. The lastest is the kitchen. By breaking the gas stove and pot, Alcatraz sets fire to his foster family's kitchen. As he is about to be moved again, an odd, old, spry many shows up at Alacatraz's door swearing he is Alcatraz's grandfather. At first Alcatraz would not go with him, but when he is face to face with the chance of death, a crazy, old man seemed like his best choice.
After going with Grandpa Smedry, Alcatraz soon begins to learn things that turns his world upside down. The world is really run by evil librarians, hiding important information from us "Hushlanders." Alcatraz soon begins to learn that what he has always known is not the truth. ...more