Locomotion

Paperback | January 7, 2010

byJacqueline Woodson

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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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Finalist for the National Book AwardWhen 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 f...

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 thre...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.31 × 5.44 × 0.33 inPublished:January 7, 2010Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0142415529

ISBN - 13:9780142415528

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Table of ContentsALSO BY JACQUELINE WOODSONTitle PageCopyright PageDedicationEpigraph POEM BOOKROOFLINE BREAK POEMMEMORYMAMALILIFIRSTCOMMERCIAL BREAKHAIKUGROUP HOME BEFORE MISS EDNA’S HOUSEHALLOWEEN POEMPARENTS POEMSONNET POEMHOW I GOT MY NAMEDESCRIBE SOMEBODYEPISTLE POEMROOF POEM IIME, ERIC, LAMONT & ANGELFAILINGNEW BOYDECEMBER 9LIST POEMLATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN HALSEY STREET PARKPIGEONSOMETIMES POEMWAR POEMGEORGIANEW BOY POEM IITUESDAYVISITINGJUST NOTHING POEMGOD POEMALL OF A SUDDEN, THE POEMHEY DOGOCCASIONAL POEMHAIKU POEMLATENYAPOETRY POEMERIC POEMLAMONTHIP HOP RULES THE WORLDPHOTOGRAPHSNEW BOY POEM IIIHAPPINESS POEMBIRTHLILI’S NEW MAMA’S HOUSECHURCHNEW BOY POEM IVTEACHER OF THE YEAREASTER SUNDAYRODNEYEPITAPH POEMFIREFLYTHE FIREALMOST SUMMER SKYCLYDE POEM I: DOWN SOUTHFIRST DAY OF SCHOOLDEAR GODLATENYA IIJUNE AcknowledgementsDiscussion QuestionsAn Exciting Preview of: Brown Girl DreamingAn Exciting Preview of: Peace, LocomotionMAMASome days, like today and yesterday and probably tomorrow—all my missing gets jumbled up inside of me. You know honeysuckle talc powder? Mama used to smell like that. She told me honeysuckle’s really a flower but all I know is the powder that smells like Mama. Sometimes when the missing gets real bad I go to the drugstore and before the guard starts following me around like I’m gonna steal something I go to the cosmetics lady and ask her if she has it....ALSO BY JACQUELINE WOODSONAfter Tupac and D Foster Behind YouBeneath a Meth Moon Between Madison and PalmettoBrown Girl DreamingThe Dear OneFeathersFrom the Notebooks of Melanin SunThe House You Pass on the WayHushI Hadn’t Meant to Tell You ThisIf You Come SoftlyLast Summer with MaizonLenaMaizon at Blue HillMiracle’s BoysPeace, LocomotionSPEAK  Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 345 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, U.S.A. Penguin Group (Canada), 10 Alcorn Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4V 3B2 (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.) Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England Penguin Ireland, 25 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (a division of Penguin Books Ltd) Penguin Group (Australia), 250 Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia (a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty Ltd) Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd, 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi - 110 017, India Penguin Group (NZ), Cnr Airborne and Rosedale Roads, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand (a division of Pearson New Zealand Ltd) Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196, South Africa  Registered Offices: Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England  First published in the United States of America by G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2003 Published by Speak, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 2004  Copyright © Jacqueline Woodson, 2003