Search Results: "Jacqueline Woodson"


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THE HOUSE YOU PASS ON THE WAY by Jacqueline Woodson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A provocative topic, treated with wisdom and sensitivity, with a strong secondary thread exploring some of the inner and outer effects of biracialism. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A newfound confidante and a breath of common sense clears away a teenager's guilt and dismay over her dawning sexual preference in this thoughtful, deceptively low-key story from Woodson (From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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BETWEEN MADISON AND PALMETTO by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"The episodic events don't quite add up to a plot; still, a likable visit with two good friends—whose fine jacket portrait by the Dillons will be a sure hook. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the third in the trilogy begun with Last Summer with Maizon (1990), the two Brooklyn eighth-graders are attending a private academy. Read full book review >

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AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Walkmans and bootleg tapes solidify the setting of the previous decade, bringing added authenticity to Woodson's satisfying tale of childhood friendship. (Fiction. YA)"
The summer of 1995 brings D Foster away from her foster home to the block where 12-year-olds Neeka and the unnamed narrator reside. Read full book review >

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FROM THE NOTEBOOKS OF MELANIN SUN by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1995

"Melanin Sun's inner journey will leave readers moved and reassured. (Fiction. 12+)"
The close and loving relationship between a teenager and his single mother takes a heavy hit in this intense story from the author of I Hadn't Meant To Tell You This (1994). Read full book review >

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A FAMILY PHOTO by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"A photograph that fades too quickly."
Woodson still has one foot in the young adult world of her earlier novels (I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, p. 782, etc.) with this dreamy, sometimes too spare story of an African-American girl growing up in Brooklyn from 1966 to 1978. Read full book review >

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MAIZON AT BLUE HILL by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Deeply felt and intelligently written, a book that stands fairly well alone, though it is enriched by knowing Maizon's earlier background. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the second of a trilogy, Maizon describes her experiences as a scholarship student, one of five blacks at an exclusive girls' school in Connecticut: events offstage in Last Summer with Maizon (1990), which focused on friend Margaret in sixth grade in public school back in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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LENA by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1999

"This does bring a sense of closure to its open-ended predecessor, but the severely unbalanced structure and a resolution that can best be described as shrink-wrapped, make it a weak sequel. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Woodson's quietly harrowing I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This (1994) left teenager Lena Bright and her gifted sister Dion on the run from their abusive father; here, after hitching their way from Ohio to Kentucky, they find the safety they seek, back where their flight began. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1994

Friendship lightens the burden of adolescence in a spare novel about two girls drawn together by the common thread of their loss. Read full book review >

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THE DEAR ONE by Jacqueline Woodson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Second-novelist Woodson (the well-received Last Summer with Maison, 1990) gives thoughtful consideration to the impact of a pregnant teenager on the 12-year-old daughter of a friend who takes her in. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 2, 2012

"A moving, honest and hopeful story. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fifteen-year-old Laurel attempts to understand and move past a year of her life when addiction to methamphetamine nearly cost her family and her life. Read full book review >

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FEATHERS by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Developing this metaphor, Woodson captures perfectly the questions and yearnings of a girl perched on the edge of adolescence, a girl who readers will take into their hearts and be glad to call their friend. (Fiction. 9-13)"
One wintry day, a white boy with long curly hair enters Frannie's sixth-grade classroom. Read full book review >

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BEHIND YOU by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Written with Woodson's characteristic focus on telling detail (the buttery quality of light in a kitchen), this is a tender, existential meditation on grief, interior in nature that will nevertheless touch readers who enjoyed (and wept over) the first. (Fiction. YA)"
A sequel to Woodson's If You Come Softly (1998), in which Miah was mistakenly shot to death by police. Read full book review >