After a tragic accident that takes their parents, Lonnie is living in foster care, while his younger sister is adopted into a new family. What do the new kid from the country and the tough kid who sings like an angel in church choir and the foster mother with a son fighting in a far-away war have in common? They are all doing the best they can do.
Lonnie's story ranges from profound realizations about his past to details about daily concerns. It is told in a series of powerful poems with unforgettable voice. Everyone should read this book.
Class Structure Recommendation: Read-Aloud, Small Group Book Club, or Independent Reading
Watching them I feel something in the back of my throat close up and choke at me. Then slide on down to my stomach and make itself some tears." p. 41
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