Academic journal article Language Arts

Locomotion

Academic journal article Language Arts

Locomotion

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Locomotion Written by Jacqueline Woodson Putnam, 2003, 100 pp., ISBN 978-0- 3992- 3115- 5

2004 Coretta Scott King Author Honor

Eleven-year- old Lonnie C. Motion, Locomotion for short, is writing to save his life. At least that's what it feels like to him. He's been living in foster care since both his parents died in a house fire, and he's been separated from his younger sister, Lili, who has been placed in a different foster home. Lonnie is uncertain about what Miss Edna, his foster mother, thinks of him, and he has found that poetry gives him a clear focus for his undirected energy, as well as a reliable form for his mixed-up emotions. With the help of his teacher, Lonnie is able to turn all of his grief and pain into poetry, and along the way, he discovers he has both a talent and a need for writing. …

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