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Penguin, Dec 29, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 144 pages
313 Reviews
Finalist for the National Book Award

When Lonnie was seven years old, his parents died in a fire. Now he's eleven, and he still misses them terribly. And he misses his little sister, Lili, who was put into a different foster home because "not a lot of people want boys-not foster boys that ain't babies." But Lonnie hasn't given up. His foster mother, Miss Edna, is growing on him. She's already raised two sons and she seems to know what makes them tick. And his teacher, Ms. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper.

Told entirely through Lonnie's poetry, we see his heartbreak over his lost family, his thoughtful perspective on the world around him, and most of all his love for Lili and his determination to one day put at least half of their family back together. Jacqueline Woodson's poignant story of love, loss, and hope is lyrically written and enormously accessible.

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Woodson really did a great job writing this poem. - Goodreads
It was very easy to read. - Goodreads
It was good but did not really have a plot. - Goodreads
It is written in prose and a very quick read. - Goodreads
Through his poetry, we get an insight into his life - Goodreads
Lonnie happens to love writing,especially poetry. - Goodreads

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User Review  - David Schaafsma - Goodreads

Novel in verse I read because I have just read Brown Girl Dreaming and Lonnie or Loco is a minor character in that book. Also, it focuses on one kid as opposed to the panoramic approach that Brown ... Read full review

Review: Locomotion (Locomotion #1)

User Review  - Mike Wood - Goodreads

Quick read that could have used a little more development in both "plot" and character. I appreciate how these types of books (journals told in verse) reach out to encourage and inspire the reluctant ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Born on February 12th 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. She now writes full-time and has recently received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. Her other awards include three Newbery Honors, two Coretta Scott King awards, two National Book Award finalists, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Although she spends most of her time writing, Woodson also enjoys reading the works of emerging writers and encouraging young people to write, spending time with her friends and her family, and sewing. Jacqueline Woodson currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.