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Tuesday Top Twenty: I Know What you Read this Summer!

Well,  I don’t know what you read this summer, so I can’t write about that.

But, I do know what I read this past summer.  I was busy alright!  This is not a Top Ten today, it’s a list of the twenty (yes twenty) books I read this summer.

1. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

2. Rumors by Anna Godbersen

3. Dark Life by Kat Falls

4. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

5. The Prince of Fenway Park by Julianna Baggott

6. Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid of Westminster by Berkley Breathed

7. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

8. Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story by Tonya Hegamin and Marilyn Nelson

9. Scat by Carl Hiaasen

10. Alibi Junior High by Greg Logsted

11. The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson

12. Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

13. Bystander by James Preller

14. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

15. Jolted: Newton Starker’s Rules for Survival by Arther Slade

16. Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor

17. Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

18. One False Note by Gordon Korman

19. I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

20. The Help by Katheryn Stockett  (The only adult fiction I read all summer!)

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Come On Baby Do the Locomotion: Peace, Locomotion by Jaqueline Woodson

Peaceful.

If I had to describe Peace, Locomotion by Jaqueline Woodson in one word that would be it.

Peaceful.

Lonnie Collins Motion (or Locomotion) is a twelve-year-old boy living in a foster home.  His younger sister, Lili lives across town with a different foster family.  Lonnie is beginning to feel at home with Ms. Edna and her son, and hopes Lili is feeling the same. Lonnie misses his sister terribly, but knows that one day when they’re older they can live together.  Until that time Lonnie, a poet, has decided its his job to be the “rememberer” of their childhood memories.  So, Lonnie takes up writing letters to his sister to record their time apart. He plans to keep the letters until the day he and Lili and live together.

Lonnie’s letters show surprising insight for a twelve-year-old.  He questions the meaning of family and has Lonnie wondering whether there can be room in his heart for both his old family and his new one.  Lonnie’s letters also contemplate peace, a concept Lonnie has been contemplating due to his foster brother’s return from the war in the Middle East.

Right away I knew that Lonnie would be a very loveable character.  Although he’s not the best student in school, Lonnie is contemplative and incredibly relatable.  Within the first few pages his love for is little sister is so obvious it makes your heart hurt (well, at least it did mine). He writes his letters like he is telling stories to Lili; the way he would talk with her.

I was also struck with the love Lonnie’s foster family has for him. Often when you read books about orphans, they’re poorly mistreated by those that take them in, so it was refreshing to see a loving foster family situation portrayed in fiction.

Apparently, this novel is a companion to Woodson’s novel, Locomotion, which was a National Book Award finalist (something I didn’t know until halfway trough!) .  I do think Peace, Locomotion stands on its own, though, as Lonnie’s letters fill the reader in on he and Lili’s history.

Intended for middle grade readers, Peace, Locomotion is such a peaceful and interesting quick read; I finished in less than 24 hours.