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Woodson, Jacqueline.
New York : Putnam's, 2003.
IL 5-8, RL 6.8
ISBN 0399231153

2 booktalks

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Booktalk #1

                       "Writing makes me remember.  It's like my whole family comes back again when I write.  All of them right here like somebody pushed the Rewind button…",  from Tuesday, page 42.
                        Lonnie C. Motion gives his reader a glimpse into his life--what it's like to lose both parents and be separated from his only sister.  Mrs. Marcus, Lonnie's 5th grade teacher, asked her students to create poetry notebooks, and encourages Lonnie to write what he feels.  With strong emotion, Lonnie experiments with different kinds of poetry to create this novel in verse.  It will grip your heart and take you along on Lonnie's emotional roller coaster ride.  You will experience highs and lows with him as he struggles to adjust to life in foster care and finally find a place where he feels secure.  Told through Lonnie's 11 year old voice, this novel is rich in plot and characterization, and is truly one you don't want to miss.  (Cerese Long,, Whie Knoll Middle School, West Columbia, S.C.)

Booktalk #2

When you are eleven years old and life has been mean, you need a way to vent your frustration. Lonnie Collins Motion has lost his parents in a fire and is separated from his little sister. When his teacher, Mrs. Marcus, introduces Lonnie to poetry, he discovers his voice. How cool to tell the whole story in poems - all different kinds of poems. The best part is that when you are grumpy and angry you can let your emotions explode in your poetry. Lonnie learns to use words not fists to express his anger and annoyance with life.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2005-2006)

SUBJECTS:      Brothers and sisters -- Poetry. 
                          African Americans -- Poetry. 
                          Foster home care -- Poetry. 
                          Orphans -- Poetry. 
                          Schools -- Poetry. 
                          American poetry. 


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