The House You Pass on the Way

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Delacorte Press, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 99 pages
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Staggerlee doesn't feel like she belongs in her own home town. She's a loner by nature, and her family is set apart by her parents' interracial marriage and by her celebrity grandparents' tragic deaths. Staggerlee claims her dog and harmonica are all the company she needs, but she yearns to have a friend who understands her. She once had a friend, Hazel, whom she felt connected to in a way she'd never felt before, until Hazel rejected her.
Then Daddy's sister Ida sends her adopted daughter, Tyler, to stay with the family for the summer. Staggerlee learns Tyler has been sent there to get over her misguided feelings towards girls. The two girls soon discover they can tell each other the thing they can't tell anyone else, but they struggle with what their feelings mean and how others would react if they knew.

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About the author (1997)

Born February 12 in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. A former drama therapist for runaways and homeless children in New York City, she now writes full-time and has received The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence in Fiction. Though she spends most of her time writing, Woodson also enjoys reading the works of emerging writers, encouraging young people to write, heated political conversation with her friends, and sewing. At one time, she made most of her own clothing, but now she makes mostly scarves and quilts for her friends.

Jacqueline Woodson began to consider becoming a writer when she was chosen to be the literary editor of a magazine in the fifth grade. Eventually, three books helped

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