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Peace, Locomotion Hardcover – January 22, 2009
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When last we saw our hero, twelve-year-old Lonnie Collins Motion (or Locomotion to his friends), he was living with his new foster mother Miss Edna, while his nine-year-old sister Lili is living with another woman. There's no one Lonnie really loves quite as much as his sister, but he doesn't get to see her half as much as he would like. In lieu of seeing her, he writes her letters that he hopes to someday give to her when she's older. Of course Lonnie is still mourning the death of their parents thanks to a fire years ago.Read more ›
As time passes and Lonnie continues to write to his sister, his writing changes s he grows and matures in to his surroundings. Lonnie starts to really understand the meaning of family, understanding that it can go beyond his sister as he learns to let others in.
If you have never read or listened to a Jacqueline Woodson book I highly recommend that you do. I first read her last year with I Hadn't Meant To Tell You This, and found her writing to be a steady smooth gathering of words that made it hard to put her book down. In this instance, I listened on audio and I am so glad I chose this format.
This audio was read by Dion Graham and he was the perfect voice for Lonnie (Locomotion). I really enjoyed how Dion gave the 12-year-old feel to Lonnie's voice, the excitement, the sorrow, even when he was angry.
Within this short story you really get the feel for how important teachers are to kids. When teacher tells Lonnie what a great writer he is, he blooms, and not only improves in his already great writing, but in his other classes as well. When we is told that is not a poet, he crumbles.... and both sides of this is reflected well.
Written as a series of letters, I found this short audio to be a perfect listen and a new dimension to experience with Woodson. If this book would have been large I can see where it may have drug out and become too much, yet in a short amount of time Woodson bundled up a young foster boys life into a careful package of hope, love, and peace.
Peace, Locomotion is told in a series of letters that are written by twelve-year-old Lonnie (Locomotion to his friends) to his little sister Lili. We learn that they are living in different foster homes, although we don't immediately know why. From the first chapter, Lonnie's voice comes through loud and clear. You can't help but like this young boy, who is sensitive, artistic and has experienced some incredible losses in his young life. He lives with Miss Edna and her two sons, although one of them--Jenkins--is over fighting in an unnamed war. Miss Edna is kind and loving to Lonnie, and we watch over the course of 134 pages as his definition of family changes to be inclusive of her, as well as Lili and her foster family.
Not a lot happens in Peace, Locomotion and yet Lonnie experiences tremendous growth. He has a best friend Clyde, and their friendship is typical twelve-year-old boy stuff, and much more. On the one hand they play basketball and soccer, while on the other we learn that Clyde and his sister live with his aunt, and that his mom just drops in every now and then. Once again, pushing the definition of family to the edge.
When we learn that Jenkins has gone missing from the war, the fear and worry are palpable in the house.Read more ›
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This is a very much needed and in demamd follow up to Locomotion. We get to follow the continuing connection between Locotion and his sister, Lily. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sandy
My students did not enjoy this book. They loved Locomotion, but they felt as if this book focused too much on sadness. Plus, the pace of the book was much slower than Locomotion. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lisa
I had to cry because it reminded me of my Mama but it was an excellent book. : ) I recommend it to a friendPublished on August 22, 2013 by A. Marquez
It was a good book!it was very emotional you can tell they poured their heart and soul into this bookPublished on February 24, 2013 by Cymone Richard
It was an awesome book. I got so addicted to it that I had to ask my teacher if I could bring my kindle to school. She said yes so I did.Published on February 6, 2013 by Ladybug
Once again Lonnie's thoughtful and sensitive voice resonates off of the pages of Peace, Locomotion just as they did off of Locomotion. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Kellee M.
I am a fifth grade teacher, teaching in an area with very little cultural diversity. I found the book Locomotion in a recycling center and read it all on a cold snowy afternoon. Read morePublished on May 16, 2010 by S. Everett
Lonnie is in one foster home, and his beloved little sister Lili is in another. Lonnie deals with missing her by writing her letters which he saves, planning to give them to her... Read morePublished on December 12, 2009 by Kemie Nix
Lonnie Collins Motion (a.k.a. Locomotion) lives in a foster home with a kind woman named Miss Edna and her older son Rodney--they wait anxiously for news of the other son, Jenkins,... Read morePublished on October 21, 2009 by The Children's Book Reporter