Woodson, Jacqueline

Book - 2003
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2003
Branch Call Number: J FIC W
Characteristics: 100 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 30, 2014
  • blue_jellyfish_93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Locomotion is really touching! I love it!

Nov 02, 2011
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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..

Mar 13, 2010

Grade 3 - 7


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Jun 30, 2014
  • blue_jellyfish_93 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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