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Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson


Book Summary

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.

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Book Review

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

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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

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • School Relationships
  • Family Relationships
  • Adoption and Foster Care
  • Losing a Loved One
  • Survival; Resilience
  • Narrative Through Poetry

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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