Finalist, National Book Awards 2003 for Young People's Literature

Locomotion, by Jacqueline Woodson book cover
ISBN 9780142401491
G.P. Putnam's Sons / Penguin Group USA
Jacqueline Woodson author photo, Photo credit: Juna F. Nagle, 2016
Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. More about this author >

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This volume comprises 60 poems written by the novel’s central character and narrator-poet “Locomotion” (the nickname of Lonnie Collins Motion). Introduced to the joys of poetry by his teacher, Ms. Marcus, Lonnie’s revelations about himself are drawn out by his discovery of the emotive qualities encouraged by poetry’s various forms, from haiku to sonnet. As he becomes more comfortable as a writer, Lonnie reveals the secret that at age seven, he and his sister were orphaned when their parents died in a fire. Throughout the collection, Lonnie’s personal growth corresponds with his willingness to become a more adventurous writer.