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From Barnes & NobleFinalist for the 2002 National Book Award, Young People's Literature
The Barnes & Noble Review
Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of such award winners as Miracle's Boys and If You Come Softly, has given us a remarkable novel about one girl's struggle with identity during her family's involvement in the witness protection program.
Through Woodson's poetic prose, we learn about Toswiah's father's testimony against two fellow policemen, her family's clandestine move, and finally, her confusion over her name change to Evie Thomas. In this strange new world, she copes with family members' similar struggles and tries to build a new school life and personality. Woodson provides complex social situations and real personalities in Hush, and as her fans have come to appreciate in her other novels, she paints a quietly intense picture without getting bogged down in dramatics. This tour de force will move and inspire you. Matt Warner