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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,865 ratings  ·  294 reviews
Toswiah Green's life ended the moment her policeman father decided to testify against a fellow officer. The Greens have had to change their identities and move to a different city. Now Toswiah is Evie Thomas, and that is the least of the changes. Her defeated father spends his days sitting by the window. Since her mother can no longer work as a teacher, she puts her energy ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 8th 2006 by Speak (first published February 29th 2000)
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Julie Christine
Outstanding. Written nearly fifteen years ago, yet this could have happened yesterday. Woodson writes the most compelling, believable characters. And she approaches her expected reader-the young adult-with no need to soft pedal or condescend. These are real struggles and vital themes, written to include and explore. What an incredibly gifted writer.
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that I am so glad I decided to pick up. Through this novel, Ms. Woodson gives us insight into a difficult situation that a family might face: that making a major decision can have significant consequences that affect the whole family. As the family in this book learns, making a decision to do the right thing does not necessarily give a person peace and might end up causing other problems. As a good author of contemporary realistic fiction, Ms. Woodson gives us (the rea ...more
Megan Baxter
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
There's a lot in this book, and it's very subtly done. On the surface, it's about a family that has gone into witness protection, as seen through the viewpoint of the youngest daughter. They've all had to leave everything behind, including many of the things that made up their self-identities as people. It's also about discovering who you are when your reference points have been ripped away.

Note: The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. Yo
Jul 11, 2010 added it
Snapshot: Hush is about a family in Witness Protection after the father, a former cop, testifies in a murder trial. The family moves and each member copes with the changes differently. Evie, the book's main character, is caught in the web of family drama while trying to figure out what this change means for her.

Hook: I think students would be intrigued by the idea of a teenager in Witness Protection. The book sort of opens up a secret that is enticing. Also, Evie's struggle is ultimately uplifti
Mr. Gottshalk
This level U book was different than a typical book dealing with a social issue for elementary school students. The father, a cop, witnesses a murder of an innocent person by two other police officers, and refuses to go along with the "it was in self-defense" line that the other two give, so the family is forced to go into the Witness Protection Program. All this is difficult for the two sisters, mother and father, as they have to readjust their whole lives. What I did not care for was the somew ...more
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to the child in a family that enters witness protection?

I hadn't thought about it, much, before I read Hush by Jacqueline Woodson.

In this book, the main character - Toswiah Green, who has to change her name and becomes Evie Thomas - is grappling with leaving the life and friends she loved and coming to a new place. Instead of being a member of an ideal family, her family is in crisis. The decision to testify has torn her father apart, and ripped
Jasmine Harris
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jacqueline Woodson is my most favorite writer. She has this beautiful way a telling a story that just captures her readers and listeners. I'm on a Woodson rampage right now. I will read every book she has every written; picture books and chapter books alike. I think I have read about 25% of her books. And I'm really enjoying it! Can't wait to pick up the others. It is my desire to pass her works down to my future genereations just as the classics have been.
Jan 25, 2009 rated it liked it
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Apr 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Heather Stewart
This is a story about a colored girl named Toswiah whose family gets put into the witness protection program. Her father was a police officer who witnessed two other officers shoot an innocent colored boy. Her family must leave the home they’ve always known and change their names and identities without telling their loved ones. The story deals with the consequences of this change and how her whole family is affected. I would not have put this in the adventure category; it
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Book: Hush, Jacqueline Woodson.

The Banhammer: I honestly can't find the reasons this was banned. I mean, I've looked, but there's nothing. I'm guessing because it's about a black girl whose family has to deal with racial injustice, and heaven knows we can't have that.

My Reaction: Okay but this is great? I love Hush. I love Jacqueline Woodson's books in general, but Hush is definitely one of my favorites. Despite that, I don't think I'd reread it anytime soon. Hush deals with some pretty sev
Amanda Trumpower
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh
This short, accessible story prompts readers to think about the racial issues the characters live through. Showing her poetic background, Woodson weaves prose poetry in the regular narrative to the point you’re not sure if you’re reading a novel with poetry in it or an entire prose poem.

It’s completely plausible to imagine this book on an assigned reading list provided by a teacher. It’s even possible to imagine a student deciding he didn’t totally hate the reading of it. It is difficult, howev
Jaclyn Giordano
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hush by Jacqueline Woodson is a chapter book intended for readers in third through sixth grade. I gave it four stars. Evie Thomas and her family are forced to move out of Denver, out of the lives they knew so well. Her father, a police officer, had to testify against two of his fellow officers in the shooting of a black boy. The testimony leaves the family unsafe and unsettled, as they move out of Denver and assume new identities so they can remain safe after the testimony sends the two officer ...more
Alexa SOF2014
Toswiah Green, an African-American 12 year old girl must adapt to many changes in her life. Her father, a police officer, testifies against two fellow officers in a murder trial. The entire family is forced to enter the witness protection program in order to be safe. Toswiah struggles with her new identity, in a new town and school. She is stressed out over this difficult situation and the family also undergoes major stress.

I can't imagine how hard it must be to leave your friends, family and sc
Katie Carson
Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
The absolutely raw characters in Woodson has created in this story cannot help but provide pathways for readers to relate to them. The narrator's direct involvement of the reader, asking them to put their feet on the cold hardwood floors of their home and to smell the cedar trees around them, engages readers is strong sensory descriptions of the setting. As a reader, you cannot help but feel like you're experiencing this warm environment with your narrator. This is also why you can't help but fe ...more
K Flewelling
This is an entirely beautiful book, and the sort of beauty that leaves you with tears stinging your eyes, and a sense of melancholy, but also promise and hope, all blurred into one incredibly complicated, overpowering emotion. I am amazed that the author achieved this, and in so few pages.

The story is told through the eyes of a girl. She's about twelve years old when her father, a cop, witnesses the murder of a young black boy, by two police officers on duty. He makes the difficult decision to t
Julie Suzanne
I do not recommend the audiobook. After suffering through the first third, I moved to print. Then I began to think it was "okay," and by the end, I liked it. Heavy topics, interesting symbolism and metaphorical imagery, and a quick read with parts that beg you to linger. So far, none of my 6th-8th grade girls (and one boy) who have chosen it for Battle of the Books have given it more than 2 stars, but it's definitely a quality middle-school-appropriate book, though not popular among its targeted ...more
feux d'artifice
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i kept on having to take breaks from this book because i needed time to recover from each heartbreak this book gave me. and wipe the tears from my eyes.
in which Jacqueline woodson writes a story about the daughter of a black cop who witnessed his coworkers murder a black boy back in 2002 and it is fucking brilliant and shqkjDhahakjajqhahshjaj
leave me on the floor to pieces forever
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, audio
A well told tale of a family, originally living in Colorado, who move into the witness protection program. Difficult on the surface because of leaving friends and family behind and learning to answer to new names. This proves to be especially difficult for teenagers.
Woodson does a marvelous job to give voice to the concerns of the young women in this story.
Woodson's done it again! Hush tells the story of Toswiah Green, and her family's life before and after they go into witness protection. Like many of Woodson's books, this is a character driven novel and not plot driven. Woodson writes with such emotion the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride as Toswiah and her family figure out life after testifying. Lyrical, haunting, beautiful.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is about how a little girl is telling her story how she had to move and change her identity. This story is written in third person view. Her grandma had told her mom hush because she is going to see her again one day.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The characterization was realistic. Although it says fiction it reads like a real-life experience. I couldn't help but wonder if it was part of Jacqueline Woodson's life. Short book, easy read, in the young adult section. But still worth the time.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful book. I love Jacqueline Woodson's writing. Such a unique perspective.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amara
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Hush is an eye opening book. It carries real life situations that not everybody has gotten the chance to go through. Toswiah Green lives in Denver Colorado with her parents and older sister. She loves her life and hates the fact it all has to change. Her father is a cop and her mother is a teacher. Her father testified against two white cops gun down at an unarmed black teen. They entered a Witness protection program. This causes everything to change, even their names and where they live. Toswia ...more
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: engl-420
[NOTE: Spoilers ahead!]

Toswiah Green lives a happy and almost Edenic life in Denver, Colorado, with her parents and sister. But when her policeman father is a witness against some fellow cops who claim to have shot an unarmed black teenager in self-defense, the family begins to receive death threats, and they move into the Witness Protection Program. What follows is the surprising turn of events that changes Toswiah (now "Evie") and her family forever as they move to a tiny apartment in a large
Really good, really sad.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lovely short piece- looking at who we are even when choices are made for us.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Six word summary:

In all your getting, get understanding.
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Ow! Negative stereotypes and distortions abound when Mrs. Green/Thomas becomes one of Jehovah's Witnesses. (It's a side plot to the displacement/identity loss of disappearing into the Witness protection program that you've read about in all the other reviews.) While I admire the author's creative parallel, and, of course, a parent becoming one of Jehovah's Witnesses DOES have disorienting effects on a family, my question for the author is, Fact checked with whom?! This is a really critical repre ...more
Phil Jensen
More focused than some of Woodson's work, but still swimming in the deep waters of race, gender, identity, and religion. It reads a bit like a tribute to The Bluest Eye.

Jacqueline Woodson is really a genre unto herself, so I offer some comparisons with her other work.

Brown Girl Dreaming provides a lot of the biographical background that explains why Woodson would write a book like Hush. In Hush, Woodson focuses on feelings of dislocation and struggles with her place as an African American as wel
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