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Hush by Jacqueline Woodson
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bookshelves: african-american, identity, middle-school, realistic-fiction
Read in October, 2010

Toswiah and her family are forced to abandon their identities and move after their father witnesses an innocent boy killed by two of his fellow policemen and testifies against them. Now named Evie, she is thrown into the difficulty of making all new friends while trying to cope with her beloved hometown and the separation of her best friend since birth and her grandmother. On top of this, her father becomes severally depressed, attempting suicide, and her mother becomes a devote Jehovah's Witness.

For the majority of the novel, Evie must lie to others that she had a past that never happened. She is stuck without solid ground to place her feet on and drifts without an identity. Her sister and herself keep thinking of the "far, far future" to get them through the uncertainty and alien life they now live. Eventually, Evie joins track and finally begins to connect with a new identity--her own identity--while never forgetting her past.
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