Locomotion Series, Book 1

eBook - 2004
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Finalist for the National Book AwardWhen Lonnie was seven years old, his parents died in a fire. Now he's eleven, and he still misses them terribly. And he misses his little sister, Lili, who was put into a different foster home because "not a lot of people want boys-not foster boys that ain't babies." But Lonnie hasn't given up. His foster mother, Miss Edna, is growing on him. She's already raised two sons and she seems to know what makes them tick. And his teacher, Ms. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper.Told entirely through Lonnie's poetry, we see his heartbreak over his lost family, his thoughtful perspective on the world around him, and most of all his love for Lili and his determination to one day put at least half of their family back together. Jacqueline Woodson's poignant story of love, loss, and hope is lyrically written and enormously accessible.
Publisher: 2004
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Puffin Books, 2004. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1561 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781440695889


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Feb 24, 2017

Just before opening chapter one there were six consecutive needles in my mouth all preceded by, "Okay you're going to feel this one sting a bit." The only sentence to shrivel the emote center in my brain more is, "Honey, can we talk after work?" However seconds later my face felt like I'd had a stroke and I was openly weeping. My dentist then told me, "I love how evolved you are for a man." I'm sure that's exactly what my wife tells people right after comparing me to Justin Trudeau.

JCLBeckyC Jul 29, 2015

When his parents died, seven-year-old Lonnie and his four-year-old sister Lili were separated. Lonnie went to live in a group home, and Lili went to live with her foster mom who Lonnie thinks "didn't want no boys, just a sweet little girl." Now Lonnie is eleven, and he's settling into his new foster home with Miss Edna. Encouraged by his teacher to express himself through poetry, Lonnie blossoms. What starts as a sad story turns hopeful. This is a great book to help the biological kids of foster care parents empathize with what their foster brothers and sisters are going through. Highly recommended.

blue_jellyfish_93 Jun 30, 2014

Locomotion is really touching! I love it!

Nov 02, 2011

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson is the moving story of Lonnie Collins Motion, an 11 year old boy who, orphaned and separated from his sister, is trying to come to terms with his life at it is now. We learn Lonnie’s story through a series of poems that he’s written. Lonnie records his good days, his bad days, and his feelings of isolation created by the loss of his family.

He has been separated from his younger sister, Lili and misses both her and his sense of family identity

Lili’s new mama didn’t want no boys
Just a sweet little girl. Nobody told me that
I just know it
Not a lot of people want boys
That ain’t babies …

He dreams of the day that he and Lili can be together as a family again, but realizes that this is an impossible dream and that he must lean to accept seeing Lili on a supervised visit, once a month.

Lonnie’s poems reveal other issues that he is facing such as his relationship with his teacher, his feelings upon learning that his friend is sick with sickle cell leukemia, and his search for God.

A truly remarkable book, this author has captured the voice of one young boy with a handful of simple, heart-felt poems that resound with insight and truth.

Feb 15, 2011

this book is so amazing i love it.. i recommed it to anyone who has been threw bumbs and grind in there life..

EPLPicks_Teen Mar 13, 2010

Grade 3 - 7


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blue_jellyfish_93 Jun 30, 2014

Lonnie is an eleven-year old kid. His life is stressful. And no not just because of his homework. Yah, you're thinking how stressful could his life be? Well, for one thing his parents died in a fire. Then, he got separated from his sister. And now he lives in a foster home with all these memories haunting him. And how else does he gets his feelings out than using a pen and paper and his poetic voice?


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