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Thursday, May 25, 2006

LOCOMOTION written by Jacqueline Woodson

LOCOMOTION is another book that is written in verse. This time it is a boy, Lonnie Collins Motion, who is writing about his life, his feelings, and the changes he has already gone through during his eleven years. When he was seven, he lost his family - both of his parents are dead and his little sister was adopted by a family who wanted a baby, just a baby girl.

His father had given him the nickname, Locomotion, when he was little. He still thinks of his family, missing his parents. Locomotion misses his sister too, but at least he is allowed to visit with her and keep in touch. Lonnie now lives with a foster mother, Miss Edna, who has grown-up sons of her own. He had lived in a group home - that was not a good place for him to be. So many changes for a young boy to go through in eleven years. Poetry is the way he can express himself.

The poems telling Lonnie's story vary in type and style. There is a sense of urgency in the telling of his story this way - he wants to both go back to the family he once knew, and to make a better life for himself within the world he now knows.

Very dramatic. So many deep feelings are shared through this story in verse. Jacqueline Woodson paints pictures with her words, and shows a light of hope through her verse.

LOCOMOTION is one of the Rebecca Caudil 2007 award nominees.

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