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. Finalist for the National Book Award Jacqueline Woodson is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature When Lonnie was seven. When Lonnie Collins Motion was seven years old, his life changed forever. Now Lonnie is eleven and his life is about to change again. His teacher, Ms. Marcus.

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It made the poetry come to life. You can sense his hesitation that his writing will not seem cool to his classmates, his reluctance to share his poetry with anyone, and the sense of accomplishment he has despite those reservations. I would use this book as a way to inspire students to write their own poetry.

I very much enjoyed this text and how it was written. The series of free-verse poems that make up Locomotion allow readers to follow Lonnie as he copes with the loss of his parents, being away from his sister Lili and his new life living with foster mother Miss Edna.

Published December 29th by Speak first published January 1st Imagination Station Children’s Series Vol. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

Feb 05, Lindsay rated it it was amazing Shelves: Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Through the poems, you understand that Lonnie is still troubled by the death of his parents, and then the discovery of his classmate having a disease. He and his younger sister were separated and fostered into very different homes on the opposite side of the city.

Jacqueline Woodson’s poignant story of love, loss, and hope is lyrically written and enormously accessible. December 29, Imprint: Jacquelije starting this book, I thought that Lonnie’s parents taught her son poetry, through going in different places in the world. The Five Ancestors Book 1: Lo Co Motion Yeah.


I liked the way this book was written in all poetry. Motion lost his parents in a fire and has been separated from his sister. This would be an jacquueline novel for most classrooms.

At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. The jacquelije fire that killed Lonnie’s parents and the four years of trauma and slow healing that follow are gradually revealed through his writings. I wrote on everything and everywhere.


I remember my uncle catching me writing my name in graffiti on the side of a building. I’m just me and sometimes I maybe make a little bit of noise. I think the concept of presenting a novel in free verse is fascinating.

Children and adults who enjoy historical fiction and stories of overcoming hardships. Not only did Lonnie lose his parents, he also is separated from his younger sister Lili as they are put in separate foster homes. Lonnie Collins age 11 lost his parents in a tragic fire four years ago and since then he has been under the care of Miss Edna, who apparently does not like boys.

This is a GoodRead! Now he’s eleven, and he still misses them terribly. A lie on the page meant lots of independent time to create your stories and the freedom to sit hunched over the pages of your notebook without people thinking you were strange.

Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Feb 12, Theresa rated it it was amazing.

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson | Scholastic

This young boy named Lonnie is stuck with his thoughts with nowhere to put them except paper. Locomotion is the story of Lonnie Collins Motion, whose mother used to call him Locomotion. It would be an excellent b Locomotion is the story of Lonnie Collins Motion, whose mother used to call him Locomotion.

This day is already putting all kinds of words in your head and breaking them up into lines and making the lines into pictures in your mind And in the pictures the people are laughing and frowning and eating and reading and playing ball and skipping along and spinning themselves into poetry.


To go a step further, instead of just making it a lesson for academics, I could make it into a life lesson on how a child lost their parents but pushed through and made something of themselves in the end. I think this book would be appropriate for 5th or 6th graders.

He is learning how to express his feelings through poetry, which he is working on in class with his teacher Ms. This novel was moving and very well written. The Baby Animal Rescue Fairies 4: With both of this aspects together, I think that the books teaches a lot of thing about poetry, for example, it teaches you how to write different types of poems through dialogues between Lonnie and some educators in the school.

He remembers his mother and father who were the heart of his home, and his sister, Lili, who nows lives in a different world.

At first the topic appears to be random but eventually his life story becomes clearer. I think that this book helps a lot people that are learning poetry, by a mixture of a real plot and some poems iacqueline by Lonnie. I listened to this book on CD.

Lonnie recalls sweet rememberings, the nightmares of the fire that destroyed his previous life, the rare and all-too-short visit Lonnie Collins Motion- LoCoMotion- remembers dancing with his mother and his sister to the locomotion song. Dancing around the kitchen to that song This would be locootion excellent novel for most classrooms. Books by Jacqueline Woodson.

This novel in verse is a tender reflection of a boy’s painful loss, attempt to accept change, and determination to reconnect with his sister. Lonnie prefers not to be constricted by form, he likes free verse but begins to spread his wings and fly into other categories. Now, at the age lpcomotion 12, Lonnie still struggles with the afterm WOW!