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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  5,660 ratings  ·  961 reviews
When Lonnie Collins Motion "Locomotion" was seven years old, his life changed forever. Now he's eleven, and his life is about to change again. His teacher, Ms. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper. And suddenly, Lonnie has a whole new way to tell the world about his life, his friends, his little sister Lili, and even his foster mom, Miss Edna, w ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 29th 2004 by Speak (first published January 1st 2003)
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Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
by Jacquline Woodson

This book I found hidden in the book corner of my Year 5 classroom. The name and cover intrigued me as the title and cover didn’t appear very child friendly or very appealing for a 10 year old. This book is based on the poems of a young orphan Lonnie whose life changed dramatically when his parents died. He and his younger sister were separated and fostered into very different homes on the opposite side of the city.

Lonnie is an angry boy who has become dis-involve
Becca Nunemaker
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautiful. One of my new favs.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I flew through this. It's a really easy read because it was told in verses. The story tho, feel like an introduction of a bigger picture. We're introduced to Lonnie, a 11 years old boy who has a little sister called Lili and how a boy who loves poetry deals with everything from school to life itself.

Catherine Blass
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
I found this little treasure tucked away in the Ws at a used bookstore. I haven't yet read Brown Girl Dreaming, but I've wanted to read some of Jacqueline Woodson's work. These poems are simple and searingly beautiful. They made me ache in good and hard ways. Sometimes the best books choose us. Highly recommend.
Brady Roberts
I think a theme is don't give up. I think this because his parents died but he still has his sister and his friends. His foster mom is also very helpful. By the end of the book, he realizes he is not alone.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
"See why I had to make it your name?
Lonnie Collins Motion, Mama would say.
Lo Co Motion
-pg. 21, "How I Got My Name"

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson tells the story of Lonnie Collins Motion (nicknamed Lo Co Motion by his mother), who at just 11 years old has already gone through some pretty traumatic life experiences. When Lonnie was 7, both of his parents died in a house fire. Not only did Lonnie lose his parents, he also is separated from his younger sister Lili as they are put in separat
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This book was well written and kept my attention the whole time. It was an easy read that allowed me to capture the story in about one sitting. The book is about a boy named Lonnie that has been dealt some hard times. His parents died in a fire within their home, and he and his younger sister were sent to live different homes of people that basically adopted them.
In school, Lonnie’s teacher is having them write poetry books. Lonnie fills his poetry book about his life, both currently and in the
Jun 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: students learning poetry
Locomotion is the story of Lonnie Collins Motion, whose mother used to call him Locomotion. When he was seven, his life changed forever because his parents died. Now Lonnie is eleven and he's in a different foster home than his sister, and he struggles with his identity and what "home" means to him. His teacher, Ms. Marcus, shows him how to put his feelings on paper when he writes poetry. The book is a collection of poems written by Locomotion in various poetry styles. It would be an excellent b ...more
Bridget Subialka
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is sure to both break and warm your heart. This young boy named Lonnie is stuck with his thoughts with nowhere to put them except paper. His love for his family is incredible. I would definitely recommend this book!
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a GoodRead!, especially if you like poetry.
Linda Lipko
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
WOW! What a wonderful book!!! It is no surprise why this author is the recipient of so many awards, including the Coretta Scott King award, a Newbery Honor medal and the Margaret A. Edwards award for Lifetime Achievement.

This National Book award winning story tenderly, poignantly, wonderfully tells the tale of Lonnie Collins Motion. At seven, life dramatically changed for Lonnie and his little sister when their parents died in a fire. Now, at the age of 12, Lonnie still struggles with the afterm
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
I always forget how much I enjoy Jacqueline Woodson's book until I'm 15 pages into them. Locomotion was the same. Written in verse, Locomotion is an 11-year-old's story of the loss of his parents, his caring foster mother, and his love for his sister.

What makes this memorable is the authenticity of Locomotion's voice in the poems. They really feel like an 11 year old's poems with the real insights that can be found in a person's poetry. You can sense his hesitation that his writing will not see
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel in verse about a 6th grader who uses his poetry notebook to reflect and express his innermost thoughts deserves a place in every classroom library.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
pg.13 "Ms. Marcus don't understand some things even though she's my favorite teacher in the world. Things like my brown, brown arm. And the white lady and man with all that good food to throw away. How if you turn in your TV, that's what you see-people with lots and lots of stuff not having to sit on scratchy couches in Miss Edna's house. And the true fact is alotta those people are white. Maybe it's that if you're white you can't see all the whiteness around you."
Macy Davis
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jacqueline Woodson's verse novel is incredibly poignant. Lonnie Collins Motion is just a 5th grade boy who is trying to navigate life without his parents and separated from his sister by the system, and he's doing it using poetry thanks to his teacher Ms. Marcus. From teaching poetic forms (like haiku and sonnet), to breaking down tough topics, this novel hits every note that I wanted it to.
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
My friend Georgia put this into my hands last year after she completed her term abroad in the US. Lonnie took my heart into the palm of his hand and carried me through every single poem. Woodson has created such a powerful voice through Lonnie and it's such an achievement to have written a story out of poems. Definitely going to read more of her work!
May 03, 2019 added it
I think this is a good book and I recommend it to people who like a lot of change throughout the book.

This book was done really well there was a lot of character development and the main character, Lonnie was seven his life changed a lot and it also changed when he got older and was eleven. This book was good because you can see the characters change throughout the book and its plot is really well. I like his foster mom a lot because she is really brought out as a character in the book if you kn
Penny Ramirez
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
How can such a short book be so utterly heartbreaking?
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
Read in one sitting. Loved it and one of the poems I want to print out and frame. This brought me back to when I was a kid experimenting with poetry💜
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Not really my style of book, but a good message.
Hollison Sudduth
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Locomotion was a great book! It gave you insight on a child who lost their parents and how they dealt with the loss. It also showed how even though a child went through something hard, they can always come out on top of things.
I would definitely read this book to my students! It would be a great book to introduce poetry or even to introduce some diversity. To go a step further, instead of just making it a lesson for academics, I could make it into a life lesson on how a child lost their parents
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the way this book was written in all poetry. However, I got slightly confused by some of the content.
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May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Locomotion, by Jacqueline Woodson, is an engaging and funny poetry book written from the experience of a 10 years old boy. Lonnie, the boy, has lost his parents when he was young, and he doesn't know where his sister is. He lives with Miss Edna, a woman that takes care of him. At school, Ms. Marcus is teaching Lonnie how to become a real poet, and now he keeps on writing poems everyday.
I think that this book helps a lot people that are learning poetry, by a mixture of a real plot and some poems
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This would be an excellent novel for most classrooms. The story is told in poem form. The text covers many different forms of poems and an example, at least one, of each. The multiple versions of the same form of poems will allow the students to compare them within the text. More importantly, this in an engaging story that has heart.

The narrator and protagonist of this story is Lonnie Collins Motion. His parents used to call him Locomotion, after the song. Dancing around the kitchen to that song
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I found Jacqueline Woodson's book to be a combination of inspiring poetry but a rather flat storyline. I think the concept of presenting a novel in free verse is fascinating. A book of poetry that tells a great story would be an excellent way to introduce students to poetry. However, that is the key. It must tell a great story! I think the story of Locomotion is a tragic, touching one. However, there is a lack of connection to the characters simply because there is not a lot of movement within t ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This day is already putting all kinds of words
in your head
and breaking them up into lines
and making the lines into pictures in your mind
And in the pictures the people are
laughing and frowning and
eating and reading and
playing ball and skipping along and

spinning themselves into poetry.

--Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
L-Crystal Wlodek
Locomotion is a poetic novel that I listened to in the form of an audiobook. It is recommended for students in grades 4-6. It is narrated by an 11 year old boy named Lonnie Collins Motion, who is nicknamed Locomotion. When he was seven years old, his life changed forever with his parent’s death. He is now eleven, and his life is about to change again. His teacher, Ms. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper through poetry. This allows him to tell the world about his life ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This National Book Award Finalist is another Woodson keeper; Woodson seems determined to write engaging fiction involving African American kids (at least what I've read so far) that enlightens the readers about poetry. Locomotion is written as a series of poems by Lonnie, an 11-year-old who has survived several traumatic events in his short life, and, with the help of a gifted teacher who really believes in him, writes them out in various poetry forms (epistolary, occasional, haiku, free verse - ...more
Evelyn Chen
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: african-american
APA Citation:
Woodson, Jacqueline. (2003) Locomotion /New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons,

Interest/Reading Level: Grades 6-8

Lonnie Collins (age 11) lost his parents in a tragic fire four years ago and since then he has been under the care of Miss Edna, who apparently does not like boys. Lonnie Collins (Locomotion), encouraged by his teacher Ms. Marcus, writes poems to assuage his knotted feelings of being in a foster home and being separated from his younger sister Lili. As the reader progresse
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson is the story of Lonnie, nicknamed Locomotion, an eleven year old boy who has been living with Miss Edna, his foster mom since his parents passed away in a fire when he was seven. He is learning how to express his feelings through poetry, which he is working on in class with his teacher Ms. Marcus. His younger sister lives in another foster home and they see each other occasionally.

This is the first time I've read such a long story written through a series of poem
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