Locomotion

Finished Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson.

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Lonnie Collins Motion “Locomotion” was seven years old, his life changed forever. Now he’s eleven, and his life is about to change again. His teacher, Ms. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper. And suddenly, Lonnie has a whole new way to tell the world about his life, his friends, his little sister Lili, and even his foster mom, Miss Edna, who started out crabby but isn’t so bad after all. Jacqueline Woodson’s novel-in-poems is humorous, heartbreaking . . . a triumph.

I absolutely love this book.  Lonnie (also known as “Locomotion,” a childhood nickname) is struggling with the way things are.  When he was younger, he had two parents who loved him and a little sister he adored.  And then there was a fire.  Now his parents are dead and he and his sister are in foster care, in separate homes.  (As he explains, it’s harder to place a black boy who’s not a baby.)

But he has a new foster mom (Miss Edna) and his sister has a different foster mom (who seems to be fairly wealthy) and they still get to see each other, which is the most important thing.

This book is told through poems, but it looks like the sequel is told through letters.  (I’m really excited to read the sequel, because this book is amazing and I hope good things are ahead for Lonnie and Lili.)

Highly recommended.

 

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