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Lena by Jacqueline Woodson
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Jan 07, 2012

really liked it

After withstanding years of sexual abuse, thirteen year old Lena finally decides to break free. With closely cropped hair and bound breasts, Lena and her younger sister Dion begin to hitchhike south toward Kentucky. While their mother died of cancer years before, the girls hope that their maternal relatives will provide refuge. Even though the girls disguise themselves as boys, they must be cautious. When help finally comes their way, they have a hard time accepting it. In this companion to the Coretta Scott King Honor Book I Hadn t Meant to Tell You This, Woodson creates a believable narrative voice and touches on important topics like racism, poverty, and abuse. Dedicated to brave girls everywhere, this story will broaden teens understanding of hardship but will leave the reader with feelings of hope and optimism.

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