Summary (from Goodreads):
“Twelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster family. But because he’s living apart from his little sister, Lili, he decides it’s his job to be the “rememberer” and write down everything that happens while they’re growing up. Lonnie’s musings are bittersweet; he’s happy that he and Lili have new families, but though his new family brings him joy, it also brings new worries. With a foster brother in the army, concepts like Peace have new meaning for Lonnie.
Told through letters from Lonnie to Lili, this thought-provoking companion to Jacqueline Woodson’s National Book Award finalist Locomotion tackles important issues in captivating, lyrical language. Lonnie’s reflections on family, loss, love and peace will strike a note with readers of all ages.”
I have loved both books in this series and I hope there’s a sequel. I wonder how Lonnie and his sister are doing, if they’re still able to visit all the time, and how Miss Edna and his foster brothers are doing.
The thing that has stayed with me the most about this book is the idea that, even if bad things happen, good things can come out of them. Obviously Lonnie still misses his parents and still wishes that he and Lili could live together…but at the same time, if his parents hadn’t died, he would never have gotten to meet Miss Edna and her sons (Lonnie’s foster brothers, who feel like real brothers). It’s not that it’s a fair trade, exactly, but families can grow and be strengthened in all kinds of unusual ways.
There are only two books so far (please, let there be more!) but this is one of my favorite series ever. Highly recommended.