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Miracle's Boys

by Jacqueline Woodson

Putnam Juvenile | January 14, 2002 | Hardcover |

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Winner of the 2001 Coretta Scott King award!

For Lafayette and his brothers, the challenges of growing up in New York City are compounded by the facts that they''ve lost their parents and it''s up to eldest brother Ty''ree to support the boys, and middle brother Charlie has just returned home from a correctional facility.

Lafayette loves his brothers and would do anything if they could face the world as a team. But even though Ty''ree cares, he''s just so busy with work and responsibility. And Charlie''s changed so much that his former affection for his little brother has turned to open hostility.

Now, as Lafayette approaches 13, he needs the guidance and answers only his brothers can give him. The events of one dramatic weekend force the boys to make the choice to be there for each other--to really see each other--or to give in to the pain and problems of every day.

Jacqueline Woodson''s most recent book for Putnam was praised by School Library Journal: "This fine author once again shows her gift for penning a novel that will ring true with young adults."







Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 144 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: January 14, 2002

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399231137

ISBN - 13: 9780399231131

Appropriate for ages: 10 - 10

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Miracle's Boys

by Jacqueline Woodson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 144 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.39 in

Published: January 14, 2002

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399231137

ISBN - 13: 9780399231131

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Chapter One "Brothers is the baddest. Then comes Dominicans. Dominicans don''t mess around. I''m cool with Dominicans though. They don''t mess with me, I don''t mess with them. I lay back on my bed and listened to my brother Newcharlie talking. We had shared this room since the day I was born. And I swear since the day I was born, he''d been going on about who was the baddest. Used to be Puerto Ricans were the second baddest, but somewhere along the road their status dropped. Brothers were always at the top or the next ones down. Newcharlie wasn''t talking to me. Since he''d gotten home from Rahway Home for Boys a few months ago, he never talked to me. He was combing his hair and talking to Aaron. They''d known each other forever to say "W''s up" and stuff, but they didn''t start hanging till Newcharlie came home from Rahway. Seems once Newcharlie saw the inside of Rahway, most of the guys around here who cut school, hung out real late, and got into all kinds of stuff thought he was some kind of wonderful. Aaron acted like he wanted to kiss the heels of Newcharlie''s shoes, hanging on to Newcharlie''s words like they were something special. And Newcharlie was just as stupid over Aaron. Hanging out with him like Aaron was his brother. Like Aaron was me. Newcharlie and Aaron were the same height and walked the same way, and now they had the same meanness. Aaron''s meanness had always been around him. Even when we were small, we''d walk past him and he''d say something negative.
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Winner of the 2001 Coretta Scott King award!

For Lafayette and his brothers, the challenges of growing up in New York City are compounded by the facts that they''ve lost their parents and it''s up to eldest brother Ty''ree to support the boys, and middle brother Charlie has just returned home from a correctional facility.

Lafayette loves his brothers and would do anything if they could face the world as a team. But even though Ty''ree cares, he''s just so busy with work and responsibility. And Charlie''s changed so much that his former affection for his little brother has turned to open hostility.

Now, as Lafayette approaches 13, he needs the guidance and answers only his brothers can give him. The events of one dramatic weekend force the boys to make the choice to be there for each other--to really see each other--or to give in to the pain and problems of every day.

Jacqueline Woodson''s most recent book for Putnam was praised by School Library Journal: "This fine author once again shows her gift for penning a novel that will ring true with young adults."







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Nothing is like it used to be. If it were, Mama would still be alive. Papa wouldn''t have died. And Charlie would still be the same old loving big brother to thirteen-year-old Lafayette, not a hostile stranger just back from doing time at a correctional facility. Oldest brother Ty''ree would have gone to college, instead of having to work full time to support the three of them. And Lafayette wouldn''t be so full of questions, like why Mama had to die, why Charlie hates him so much now, and how they''re all supposed to survive these times together when so much seems to be set against them.

Jacqueline Woodson brings us the story of three remarkable young men -- brothers who have only each other to rely on and must decide whether they''ll work with that or let it tear them apart.

About the Author

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 a Newbery Honor, 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.

From Our Editors

Lafayette has just turned 13, but he`s been grown up for a lot longer that that. On his own with his two brothers in the harsh and often violent urban core of New York, the youngest of the family sometimes wonders what went wrong. Since the boys have lost their parents, Ty`ree has gone out to work to support them all, which means that Lafayette never sees his older brother. Then there`s Charlie, who just returned from a correctional facility - and Lafayette barely knows him anymore. Things seem to just become more complicated until one fateful weekend, when it becomes clear that the brothers either must pull together or fracture forever. Miracle`s Boys is powerful young-adult fiction by Jacqueline Woodson.

 

Appropriate for ages: 10 - 10

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