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I flew through this. It's a really easy read because it was told in verses. The story tho, feel like an introduction of a bigger picture. We're introduced to Lonnie, a 11 years old boy who has a little sister called Lili and how a boy who loves poetry deals with everything from school to life itself.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson. When Lonnie Collins Motion "Locomotion" was seven years old, his life changed forever. Now he's eleven, and his life is about to change again. His teacher, Ms. Marcus, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper.

And suddenly, Lonnie has a whole new way to tell the world about his life, his friends, his little sister Lili, and even his foster mom, Miss Edna, w When Lonnie Collins Motion "Locomotion" was seven years old, his life changed forever.

Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 29th by Speak first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Locomotion 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Locomotion , please sign up. This book gave me a lot of attention and I was like "Wow". I would reccomend this book to anyone who likes books like Locomotion? Ryan This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [Yes, this seems true.

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May 16, Melanie Brinkman added it Shelves: own-w , fiction , contemporary , childrens-book , poetry. Words from within contain great wonders. Life changed forever when Lonnie Collins Motion a. His teacher shows him a way to put his feelings on paper, and it's a game changer. He finally has a way to talk about the fire, and all the things he couldn't. Could this be what he needed all along? A story of loss, lines, and life. A tale of pain and promises, past and present. Trigger warnings for death of a parent, grief, theft, and cancer.

Numb ye Words from within contain great wonders. Numb yet tender, Lonnie was overwhelmed at the upheaval of his present, and loss of his past. His huge heart struggled to process everything, especially not being able to be with his sister.

As much as it hurt to see the many feelings jumbled inside the troubled soul, it was equally cathartic to see the way poetry reopened the world to him. What souls linger in a poet's heart? Through Lonnie's words, we got an abstractly intimate look at the people in his world. His observations of the simplistically, expertly crafted characters brought them to life.

You could practically feel how much Miss Edna, Mrs. However, most influential were his family. Separated but together forever in heart, Lonnie's love for them and their's for him breached barriers previously uncrossed in his words. Their warmth, the very details that made them who they were, all described in ways that made my heart ache.

But probably the most precious of all was Lonnie's loyalty, sadness, and joy for Lili. These siblings deserved all the hugs. Words: ways of letting everyone in and everything out. Experimenting with Haikus, Sonnets, Epistles, etc, Locomotion flows before your eyes. Like listening to a friend confide in you, his poetry floors you as it scoops you up in a gentle, hopeful hug. At times confusing before gloriously clear, Jacqueline Woodson's prose captured the voice of a child grieving, lonely, living, and looking towards the future.

As much as I loved this, it's unthinkable not to pick up the sequel Peace, Locomotion. I hope you find yourself in motion to pick up a copy of Locomotion. Dec 08, Emma rated it really liked it.

This book is based on the poems of a young orphan Lonnie whose life changed dramatically when his parents died. He and his younger sister were separated and fostered into very different homes on the opposite side of the city. Lonnie is an angry boy who has become dis-involve Locomotion by Jacquline Woodson This book I found hidden in the book corner of my Year 5 classroom.

Lonnie is an angry boy who has become dis-involved with the world and his life. But with the help of a teacher Lonnie finds a way to express his grievances through his poetry. His poetry is refreshing as it tells a story. At first the topic appears to be random but eventually his life story becomes clearer. This book would be a good book for independent reading but also poems could be chosen for PSHE, RE and literacy as the poems are reflective and the language is child friendly.

As an adult reading it I found it heart warming but for a younger child further reflection and discussion would be appropriate. May 14, Catherine Blass rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. I found this little treasure tucked away in the Ws at a used bookstore. These poems are simple and searingly beautiful. They made me ache in good and hard ways. Sometimes the best books choose us. Highly recommend. View 2 comments. Jan 07, Becca Nunemaker rated it it was amazing. This book was beautiful.

One of my new favs. Apr 03, Brady Roberts added it. I think a theme is don't give up. I think this because his parents died but he still has his sister and his friends. His foster mom is also very helpful. By the end of the book, he realizes he is not alone. Nov 06, Megan rated it it was amazing Shelves: poetry. This book was well written and kept my attention the whole time. It was an easy read that allowed me to capture the story in about one sitting.



The kinetic energy of the aptly named Locomotion the nickname of Lonnie Collins Motion permeates the 60 poems that tell his sad yet hopeful story. Lonnie's first poem sets up a conflict familiar to anyone who has attempted creativity: despite the cheering of his teacher, Ms. Gradually Lonnie reveals that at age seven, his parents died in a fire, leaving him and his younger sister, Lili, orphaned. Lili was adopted, yet Lonnie figures out a way to visit her regularly. The gradual unfolding of his life's events intermingle with his discoveries about poetry as a form, from haiku to sonnets "Ms.


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Using verse poetry introduced to him by a beloved teacher, Lonnie C. Motion tells of love, loss, and continuing on after his world is rocked by tragedy. Locomotion is urban poetry for youth at its best. I really enjoyed this book.



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