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Peace, Locomotion

(Locomotion #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,750 ratings  ·  364 reviews
Twelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster family. But because he's living apart from his little sister, Lili, he decides it's his job to be the "rememberer" and write down everything that happens while they're growing up. Lonnie's musings are bittersweet; he's happy that he and Lili have new families, but though his new family brings him joy, it als ...more
Hardcover, 134 pages
Published January 22nd 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recently I was able to pinpoint why exactly I have such a hard time reviewing Jacqueline Woodson's recent books. I mean, Feathers was so difficult for me that I eschewed a review altogether and while I managed to put two words together for After Tupac and D Foster, it wasn't a review that stuck in my mind as one of my more sterling efforts. So what is it about Ms. Woodson that throws me for such a loop? It's not like she isn't good at dialogue or realistic characters. Her books contain depth and ...more
Gelse Tecalero
Jan 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Do you ever wonder what it feels like to be separated by your brother or sister? In this book Lonnie and his little sister have to be separated after something bad happens to his parents. The book is Realistic Fiction. Lonnie and his sister get separated and move to different foster homes and Lonnie starts to write poems and letters to his sister Lili.

The setting of the book is in the past and it's Summer. Lonnie is eleven and he's writing his sister a letter that states that he's gonna be twe
Eva Mitnick
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There are some writers who just knock me right over with their writing talent. They know how to hone their words down to the most essential bones, so that the language is deceptively simple but contains maximum beauty and meaning. Patricia MacLachlan is one, Susan Patron is another. Simplicity, pithiness, grace, and humor – they make it look so easy.

That Jacqueline Woodson belongs on that list was made crystal clear yet again by Peace, Locomotion. This book is told mostly through Lonnie’s letter
Jul 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, diverse, library
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson is an epistolatory novel, meaning it's written in letter form, told through the letters of twelve year old Lonnie Collins Motion to his sister Lili. Basically, Lonnie and his sister are in foster care, but with two different families, and Lonnie feels he must write a letter to his sister every day they are in foster care so they can remember the stage in their life, he doesn't send the letters though, choosing to save them for when they get out of foster c ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a bittersweet book that I'd use in class if I taught slightly younger kids. The main character is so sincere and idealistic, but the book isn't overly sentimental because it's also unabashedly honest about his tragic circumstances. I kind of wanted to give him a hug the whole time I was reading this. Like in all of her books, Woodson doesn't shy away from difficult topics, despite the age of her readers. And her preteen characters are so true to life, there's a nostalgic element to her ...more
Donna Bijas
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, library-book
3.5 stars. Started and finished same day Woodson really does a wonderful job making children on the margin see and feel themselves in her books. Lonnie and Lili live with different foster families after a fire took their parents’ lives. The entire book are letters from Lonnie to his sister. I’d recommend this one to 4th grade and up.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this epistolary novel, sequel to Woodson's Locomotion, but not as much as I enjoyed the first one. There is something about a boy that is into poetry that I found more compelling. Still, it was good to catch up with these characters and watch them grow up.
Hannah S.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was incredible! It was realistic, and interesting, and although it's supposed to be a sequel to another book, I couldn't even tell untill I had finished the book!
Every time I read a Jacqueline Woodson book, my heart just cracks wide open. Such great writing and such excellent characters. Ahhhhh she is just the best.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
the sequel is just as good as the original. woodson does a tremendous job continuing lonnie and lili’s story.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is about many letter from a old brother who is fighting the war. The letter always wrote some memories and what happen in down there. And the end of the letter always wrote peace, love or miss you.
He is not only a soldier he also is a great brother.
Paul Sheckarski
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first this epistolary novel seemed insubstantial to me, its episodes and themes unconnected with one another. Its slight structure deceives. It crystallizes with such steady confidence within such a paltry number of pages that it reminds one of an illusionist's nowhere bouquet, or, well, a poem -- a minimalist's puzzle.

Though it reminds me of minimalism, I wouldn't catagorize Peace, Locomotion as such. Emotion and images suffuse the novel; Woodson avoids overabundance by manufacturing no spec
Dec 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Peace, Locomotion is a hopefully book that speaks of the different definitions of family. Biological family, foster family, and your country. I believe the book is set around current issues but really it's relevant for any time period. I hadn't realized when I started reading, that this is a companion book to the book, Locomotion, but I felt it had to power to stand alone just fine.

The book is a series of letters that Lonnie Collins Motion aka Locomotion writes to his little sister Lili. After l
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson is the second story of Lonnie (Locomotion). The story is told through letters to his younger sister, Lili, who is in a separate foster home after their parents passed away. These letters are meant to be memory keepers that Lili will read when she is older and are meant to remember the events that have happened in Lonnie’s life. Lonnie now lives in a nice foster home with 2 older “brothers” and his foster Mom, Miss Edna. One of the young men, Jenkins, was o ...more
Joanna Marie
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The heartfelt voice of the young poet was once again heard in Jacqueline Woodson's Peace, Locomotion , sequel to award winning first book, Locomotion .

If the first book was written in poems, the sequel takes it form as letters. Peace, Locomotion is the compilation of letters Locomotion had written to his sister, Lili, while there are living separately(as narrated in the first and second book). Just the mere fact of this is the voice of a 12-year old boy touches my heart already. I felt the
Kristen Jorgensen
A young boy writes letters to his sister while they grow up in seperate Foster families.

The thing I love more than anything about this book is that the Foster families for both kids are wonderful and supportive. I am sure that real foster families and step moms get very tired of the evil, neglecting stigma's that are placed upon them. It's refreshing to see such loving devotion and kindness.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I just finished reading "Locomotion" with a group of fifth and sixth graders and we will be reading part of this out loud as we wait for the other groups to finish. Peace, Locomotion is written mostly in letters rather than poems, but is still masterfully done. I won't be able to read one part out loud because I will cry, so I'll make sure someone else reads that letter. Well done, Jacqueline Woodson!
Kay Hommedieu
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this story and the deeper feelings that Lonnie feels about peace and love.
MrsK Books
Lonnie, aka Locomotion, continues to hope that one day he will be old enough to be the guardian of his little sister Lili. He has continued his writing, only now he is writing hope-filled letters to Lili. His school life has changed, or maybe fallen back into a place less inspired. Yet, because of his academic slump, he has chosen to write Lili's letters to ensure that their memories of life before the fire won't fade away into a "grayness" that has become "real, real quiet" in their minds. He i ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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                The book I read was Peace, Locomotion it was published in 2009 by Jacqueline Woodson. I really liked this book because it’s full of emotion and adventure, the vocabulary is very poetic and it gives you the true insight you need in order to understand Lonnie’s story and all that he went through.
                 Peace, Locomotion is about a boy named Lonnie Collins Motion who after getting separated from his sister tragically endures the pain and loss of leaving the
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Erin Frank
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Awards: None
Audience: 4th-6th grade
A: The author helped connect the reader to the characters by writing the story in the form of letters. The letter format created a more intimate experience for the reader because they were reading the thoughts and actions of Lonnie.
B: There are a number of topics mentioned in the book. Relationships with families is a big topic brought about in the book because Lonnie is learning to love his foster family including the olde
Juanita  A
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Mcauliffe
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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"Peace, Locomotion" is Jacqueline Woodson's sequel to "Locomotion". It is about saying goodbye to the past and how to find contentment in the present. 12 year old Lonnie writes to his sister Lili who is in a different foster home. The two do see each other so these letters are not sent, but rather serve as a way to hold on to the memory of their parents. He hopes to someday hand them to her. Both are in loving situations and Lonnie is a sixth grader and aspiring poet. He shows us how a
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: english-420-ya

Twelve-year-old Lonnie and his little sister Lili are in separate foster homes after their parents pass away. Because of this, Lonnie feels the need to "remember" everything going around him to share with his sister some day. He takes the time to write events down to give her as a gift when he turns eighteen and can raise her himself. The stories are written in a lyrical type of language and it's an enjoyable read. It's tender watching Lonnie go through the stages of
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Oh, man, all the feels in this book. Lonnie is sophisticated in his poetry and in his thinking, and that is well illustrated in his letters to his sister. This is definitely one of the most positive books involving the foster system that I've read -- Lonnie and Lili are separated after the deaths of their parents, but they both seem to be thriving with their new families. It's a quiet read, one that's all about the every day challenges of school and math and friends moving away and also the big ...more
Kailey Farris
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre: Single Poem Book
Awards: None
Audience: 3rd Grade- 6th Grade
A. The poems in "Peace, Locomotion" are primarily free verse poems as well as narrative poems. Many of Lonnie’s letters to Lili are narrative and tell a series of events and what has happened therefore, both these forms of poetry are present throughout the book.
B. Similar to the first poetry book in this series, Lonnie uses a lot of sensory imagery to describe what has been happening in his life as well as some things about Lili si
Liz Murray
At first I was missing the poetic element of Locomotion, but early on it's revealed his teacher doesn't think he can be a poet, unlike the teacher from last year. This book is told through letters Lonnie writes for his sister over the course of a year. He doesn't send them, but collects them to give to her later. He writes about how sad he is to miss her, but he has much affection for his foster mother and her sons, just as his sister has much affection for her foster mother. The children lost t ...more
Kaycee Monnens
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to Locomotion, this story brought me so much diversity in one little book. The format is entirely letters and it puts us in the shoes of a young boy who is dealing with a heap of “adult” issues at a very young age. This book is a subtle lesson for teachers, showing us that censorship still doesn’t keep students from encountering darkness. On the contrary, having books to relate to and lose themselves in may be the best medicine and teacher of all.
Robin McCann
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Jacqueline Woodson writes beautiful stories. This is a faster read about a boy who is writing letters to his younger sister. They were split up in the foster system into two different but good families. It is during the war and the boy is around 12. Kids that like to read stories about overcoming sad situations would like this story. It is not too dated and is an easy read with a positive ending.
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