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Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
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Jun 03, 10

bookshelves: adolescent-literature
Read from June 02 to 03, 2010

I really enjoyed this poetic account of war through the eyes of a young boy. I also enjoyed the way the book was written, in the form of letters from Lonnie to his sister Lily. The children are orphans that have been placed in different foster homes, and the boy, Lonnie feels the need to write letters to his sister in order to inform her of what is happening to him while they are separated. He tells her about his friends and the special bond between them. He also talks of Mrs. Edna, his foster mother who is very kind to him. His foster brother Jenkins is fighting in a war, and although Lonnie has never met him, he prays for his safe return. Woodson portrays what life is like for families that send their children away to fight wars. This is a fast read which would appeal to many of my reluctant readers.
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