LOCOMOTION by Jacqueline Woodson
RHYTHM, RHYME, RAP; SONNETS, HAIKU, FREE VERSE
Foster. Fire. Search.
Sister. School. Action. Worry.
Move. Groove. No hurry.
Middle grade (grades 4-6)
First person POV
Main character – 11 year old Lonnie Collins Motion (Loco-motion)
Opens with declaration “This whole book’s a poem” and indeed it is!
Collection of 60 poems in a variety of forms – sonnets, haiku, free verse, more
Musical – voice is rhythmic and flowing, story told in verse, rhyme and rap
Generous use of white space between words and poems
Forms carefully selected to show deep emotion without turning away emotion averse readers (i.e. many young males)
Energetic, joyful, thoughtful
Themes — African American realities, parents killed in fire, poetry notebook, foster family, New York city, separated from little sister
Grief, rage, longing, loss, resiliency, acceptance, peace