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Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson
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Sep 22, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: ya-lit-2011-2012

Rating ***** This heartwarming book is written as a collection of poem that are descriptive and packed with emotion. This book highlights the healing power of writing as the main character uses poetry writing to help him work though some difficult situations.
Plot Summary: Lonnie is an eleven year old boy who’s life changed drastically when his parents were killed in a fire when he was seven. Lonnie lives in a foster home he isn’t quite sure about and is separated from his sister. Lonnie’s teacher Ms. Marcus shows Lonnie how to put feelings on paper (how to write poetry) and Lonnie begins to share his story with others.
Main Characters:
Lonnie is an eleven year old boy who is dealing with many issues. He wants to live with his sister again and is still processing his life after the death of his parents. He is kind, caring, and thoughtful.
Miss Edna is his foster mom who is a bit grouchy at first. However she truly cares for Lonnie and his well being.
Lili is Lonnie’s younger sister who lives with a different family. She is sweet, cares deeply for her brother, and smiles a lot.
Ms. Marcus is Lonnie’s teacher. She is empathic, thoughtful, and encourages her students to write.
Key issues: family, death, illness, foster care, school
Other interesting information: This book reminded me of Love That Dog in that a teacher used poetry to help a student deal with death. If you liked Love That Dog you will probably love this book.

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