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Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson
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Feb 04, 2009

really liked it
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Miracle's Boys is the story of three brothers and their relationship after both of their parents die. The eldest brother has had to get a job to support the family (his younger brothers). The middle brother has returned home from a juvenile detention facility and the youngest brother is trying to understand his world. Both parents died of natural causes, their father drowned trying to save someone and their mother died from her diabetes. The brothers are now trying to make sense of their deaths and the impact it has had on their lifes.

I think this book would appeal to teens who had experienced a lose in their life and to teens growing up in a low socioeconomic area. It would also appeal to teens who have been involved with gangs or the law. It is short and that might appeal to some reluctant readers.

The developmental assets in this book are Family Support, Adult Role Models, Positive Peer Influence and Peaceful Conflict Resolution. Family Support are illustrated because the brothers only have each other and they stick together. The eldest brother is an excellent Adult Role Model as he "fathers" his younger brothers and gives up college to support his family. Positive Peer Influence and Peaceful Conflict Resolution are contrasted in the brothers different decisions about who their friends are and what activities they choose to participate in with them.

I think the characters are very believable and the book does a good job of giving voice to each teen and how they see the death of their parents and their current situation. It shows a lot of tension and some fighting between the siblings and that makes it more believable.

I think it would be easiest to promote this book to teens by giving them the sense that it is written from a point of view of the children who are left behind after the parents die and that it is a realistic story "from the streets". "What would you do in this situation?" or "Are the brothers handling things right or wrong?" would be interesting topics to explore in this book.

4Q, 2P, J

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message 1: by Lola (new) - added it

Lola Drowning isn't really a natural cause of death, but other than that, good review!

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