Saturday, June 18, 2011

Mini Review: Locomotion (Jacqueline Woodson)

Title: Locomotion
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Genre: YA Fiction (in verse)
Pages: 99
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Challenges: PoC
FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school library
Summary (from the back of the book): When Lonnie Collins Motion was seven years old, his life changed forever. Now Lonnie is eleven and his life is about to change again. His teacher, Ms. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper. And suddenly, Lonnie has a while new way to tell the world about his life, his friends, his little sister, Lili, and even his foster mom, Miss Edna, who started out crabby but isn't so bad after all.


Mini-Review: I have never read a Jacqueline Woodson and realized it was about time! I am glad that I did. First off, we all need at least one teacher like Ms. Marcus--someone to inspire and encourage us to be ourselves and to be our best. Second, I love that the very short chapters (half a page to a page long each) are done in a variety of writing styles: prose; haiku; verse; etc. This is a quick read that allows the reader to really get to know Lonnie in a brief, but deep way. I think this book would be popular with students and adults alike.


4 comments:

Aths said...

This sounds unique! I like books which experiment with writing styles - some writers really do a great job with it, with all the styles blending in well. This looks like one of those.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Aths--yes, normally the switching of styles would not appeal to me, but this one was really well done

Chelle said...

I'll have to take a look at this one. The varying writing styles sound interesting.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Chelle--I thought that would be distracting, but it isn't. And it's a super quick read