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Miracle's Boys [Kindle Edition]

Jacqueline Woodson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From a three-time Newbery Honor author, a novel that was awarded the 2001 Coretta Scott King award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

For Lafayette and his brothers, the challenges of growing up in New York City are compounded by the facts that they've lost their parents and it's up to eldest brother Ty'ree to support the boys, and middle brother Charlie has just returned home from a correctional facility.

Lafayette loves his brothers and would do anything if they could face the world as a team. But even though Ty'ree cares, he's just so busy with work and responsibility. And Charlie's changed so much that his former affection for his little brother has turned to open hostility.

Now, as Lafayette approaches 13, he needs the guidance and answers only his brothers can give him. The events of one dramatic weekend force the boys to make the choice to be there for each other--to really see each other--or to give in to the pain and problems of every day.

Editorial Reviews Review

"Sometimes I feel like our life is one big work of art--it's everything" [Charlie] stared down at his bare feet. "And nothing."

"This isn't art," I said. "It's our block! It's our life."

If only, if only... Life is full of poignant hypotheticals for Ty'ree, Charlie, and Lafayette, three brothers who are raising themselves after they lost their father to a drowning accident and their mother to diabetes. Each boy deals with his grief in his own way: the oldest, Ty'ree, has given up his dreams of college to work full time to support the others. Charlie is slipping into a life of crime, and is just back, angry and alienated, from two years at a correctional facility. Lafayette, the youngest brother, has retreated inward, avoiding his friends and blaming himself for his mother's death. These three are struggling against pretty large odds, but "brother to brother to brother," they can survive.

Jacqueline Woodson writes with a sure hand and true understanding of the complexity and depth of young people's lives. Winner of many awards for her novels, including two Coretta Scott King Honors (for From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun and I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This), she tells a captivating, honest story. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

From Publishers Weekly

Seventh-grader Lafayette fears that he will become separated from his two brothers after the death of their mother. "Viewing household tensions through Lafayette's eyes, readers will come to realize each character's internal conflicts and recognize their desperate need to cling together as a family," said PW. Ages 12-up. (Dec.) n

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Product Details

  • File Size: 172 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (June 8, 2006)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CIY8I8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Book! June 5, 2000
By Teresa
Miracle's Boys is a beautifully written story about the relationship between three half-black, half-Puerto Rican brothers living in New York City. It's a great book for boys who aren't big readers and anyone who wants a good story. The novel is dialogue driven and told by Lafayette who is twelve and coming to terms with his mother's death (a death he feels responsible for). Charlie who is fifteen has just returned from a juvenile detention center and Ty'ree, at twenty-one, has given up a college scholarship to take care of his brothers. At times sad, often elegant, this novel is ultimately powerful and honest. Woodson's genius lies in her ability to be subtle. There is nothing heavy-handed about Miracle's Boys. It's a beautiful, extremely well-written book. This reader wanted it to go on and on.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful. July 13, 2004
Lafayette never got a chance to meet his father; his dad died before Lafayette was even born. Though he misses having a dad to do boy stuff with, Lafayette didn't know the man enough to miss him personally. When his mother dies, though, Lafayette is crushed. He misses her terribly --- every day, with every thought.
Lafayette's oldest brother Ty'ree misses their mother just as much. With both parents gone, Ty'ree is now responsible raising Laf and also looking out for middle brother Charlie who has just returned from doing time in a juvenile detention center. In addition to being full of sorrow, Ty'ree is bitter: If he didn't have to look after his younger brothers, Ty'ree would have been able to attend college. Now, he works like a dog in the mailroom for a big company and is tired all the time from trying to make ends meet. Laf tries not to ask too many questions, or cry too much, or to want things they can't afford. On top of it all, Charlie just keeps acting out and getting in trouble. If he caught by the police again, Charlie and Laf will be made wards of the court.
Author Woodson has a wonderful talent for writing about kids in tough situations. You really understand how someone in Laf's position might feel. This is a touching novel about a family trying to stay afloat through some really hard times. Their mother, whose name was Milagro, (Miracle in Spanish) was the center of the family and held them together. Now they must rely on each other while learning to deal with the death of their mother. They already got their one miracle --- can they stick together without one?
This is a quiet novel that you can read quickly. All the action takes place in one day, but it never feels hurried or too busy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miracles are Forever February 27, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is about three boys (Ty'Ree, Charlie and Lafayette.) Their mom and dad both
died. So now Ty'Ree has to take care of Charlie and Lafayette. Charlie is not very good.
He was sent to Rahway, which is like a type of jail for kids. He tried to rob a candy store.
While Charlie was gone his mom died. Charlie is now friends with another mean person.
His name is Aaron. Ty'ree and Charlie are both very nice people. This was a very good
book for people between the ages of eleven and fourteen. This book kept me interested
pretty much throughout the whole book. It was very exciting. I would recommend this
book to anybody who is struggling with family problems, or anything else having to do
with their family. Ty'Ree is very smart. Ty'Ree passed up college to take care of Charlie
and Lafayette. He used to go to the park and launch off rockets with his friends. He was
accepted to MIT. People call him St. Ty'Ree since he is so nice. Lafayette (Laf) is always
very nice. He calls Charlie Newcharlie. This is because after Charlie went to Rahway he
came back mean. Charlie calls him a Milagro killer. This is because their mother's name
was Milagro. Spanish for miracle. When Charlie was in Rahway their mother died. Laf
was the first one to see his mother dead. She died of an insulin attack from her diabetes.
He didn't call for help for awhile. It wouldn't have mattered though because she was
already dead. Charlie still calls him Milagro killer though. Charlie used to like animals
like dogs and cats a lot. Once he tried to save a dog that was hit by a car. Almost everyday
he called the vet to see if it was still alive. Then, one day he called and it was dead. He
felt very sad about that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miracle's Boy's March 1, 2001
By A Customer
I found this to be a powerful story. Woodson carefully unfurls the story of three brothers who must make a life together after losing both of their parents. The story takes place during a two day time period with flashbacks to bring us to the present. A must read for teens dealing with the death of a parent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Corey's Review April 1, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think Miracle's Boys is a great book, the way it talks about a family of three brothers who parents had died. I like the fact that the oldest brother becomes the two other brother's legal guardian. The reason why i like that is becauses it shows how much the oldest brother cares about his family. He cared so much about his family that he dropped out of college to make sure that they live a good life and don't throw it away. Lafayette, the youngest child, is very curious about what had happened to his mamma and his daddy, always asking questions about them. The middle child, Charlie, is the trouble maker in the family. He's been away at Juvie for two years for stealing money from a candy store. When he get's out, he just doesn't learn and continues to get in trouble until he learns how much his family needs him and how much he needs his family. I respect Jacqueline Woodson because she describes what it's like growing up without a mamma and a daddy. She writes about real life controversies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I thought it was a very good book with a good plot but I would've liked it to be a little longer. maybe a novel even. Read more
Published 1 month ago by isabella demarco
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book about Brotherhood
I liked how the book kept going back to the past with their parents. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an empowering book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenesis Rankins
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, relatable to today's world!!!!
I saw the movie years ago on the N with my oldest son do decided to have my 11 year old read it to me for his 6th grade reading project and the book was even better than movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Good choice
A must read for teens and adults. I gained perspective. It is in part a story with a small mystery.
Published 2 months ago by Alice E. Kidder
5.0 out of 5 stars feeling
It has a good feeling to it and it is about a boy being in charge from a detention center
Published 3 months ago by Dylan Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars real
Read it and try not to turn the page. I teach 8th grade and my kids have passed it between themselves.
Published 3 months ago by Chelsea
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle's Boys
This book was heartbreaking in the most wonderful way. It wasn’t heavy handed or overly dramatic. It was a realistic portrayal of growing up poor in an urban area. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rachel McElhany
3.0 out of 5 stars A little boring! Slow read.
My daughter, who is an avid reader and hardly ever says that a book is boring, did not really enjoy this one. Read more
Published 11 months ago by GiGi
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
This is a great read for kids!! It has a lot of sad moments that will make you think that your happy having your family!
Published 13 months ago by neela
3.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay
I think that the author was trying to cover so many issues with this book that each was diluted. Nothing when in depth - maybe she could have covered less. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JR
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More About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson's awards include 3 Newbery Honors, a Coretta Scott King Award and 3 Coretta Scott King Honors, 2 National Book Awards, a Margaret A. Edwards Award and an ALAN Award -- both for Lifetime Achievement in YA Literature. She is the author of more than 2 dozen books for children and young adults and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York

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