Peace, Locomotion

Peace, Locomotion

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The stunning companion to the National Book Award finalist—from a three-time Newbery Honor winning author

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Twelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster family. But because he’s living apart from his little sister, Lili, he decides it’s his job to be the “rememberer”—and write down everything that happens while they’re growing up. Lonnie’s musings are bittersweet; he’s happy that he and Lili have new families, but though his new family brings him joy, it also brings new worries. With a foster brother in the army, concepts like Peace have new meaning for Lonnie.Told through letters from Lonnie to Lili, this thought-provoking companion to Jacqueline Woodson’s National Book Award finalist Locomotion tackles important issues in captivating, lyrical language. Lonnie’s reflections on family, loss, love and peace will strike a note with readers of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608477517
Publisher: Findaway World
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Product dimensions: 4.60(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson ( is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and she received the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award Winner 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. Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books  include THE OTHER SIDE, EACH KINDNESS, Caldecott Honor Book COMING ON HOME SOON; Newbery Honor winners FEATHERS, SHOW WAY, and AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER, and MIRACLE'S BOYS—which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Remember I said, One day, we’ll be together again? I know that day is taking a lot longer to come than it should, but I still believe it’s gonna get here, Little Sister. And that’s why I’m trying to write you lots and lots. Because I love writing and I love you and when me and you are together again, I’m gonna want us to remember everything that happened when we were living apart. I’m gonna hold on to all these letters and when we’re living together again, they’re gonna be the first present I give you. A whole box of the Before Time. That’s what this is, Lili, even though I know when me and you get sad, all we think about is the other Before Time—before the fire, before we lived apart from each other. But this is a whole new Before Time. And it’s cool because we’ll be able to re­member a whole other set of good things, right? So I’m writing. And I’m remembering. For me. And for you, Lili.

Also by Jacqueline Woodson

After Tupac and D Foster

Behind You

Beneath a Meth Moon

Between Madison and Palmetto

Brown Girl Dreaming

The Dear One


From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

The House You Pass on the Way


I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This

If You Come Softly

Last Summer with Maizon



Maizon at Blue Hill

Miracle’s Boys


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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Woodson, Jacqueline.
Summary: Through letters to his little sister, who is living in a different foster home, sixth-grader Lonnie, also known as “Locomotion,” keeps a record of their lives while they are apart, describing his own foster family, including his foster brother who returns home after losing a leg in the Iraq War.

[1. Foster home care—Fiction. 2. Brothers and sisters—Fiction. 3. Orphans—Fiction.
ISBN: 9781440699160

For Tashawn and Ming
Table of Contents


Also by Jacqueline Woodson

Title Page

Copyright Page


Imagine Peace

Dear Lili,

Little Things by Lonnie C. Motion

Dear Lili,

Imagine Peace Again

Discussion Questions

An Excerpt from Brown Girl Dreaming

An Excerpt from Locomotion

Also by Jacqueline Woodson

Last Summer with Maizon

This whole book’s a poem ’cause every time I try to tell the whole story my mind goes Be quiet!
I’m not a really loud kid, I swear. I’m just me and sometimes I maybe make a little bit of noise.
Maybe twelve’s quieter.

But when Miss Edna’s voice comes on, the ideas in my head go out like a candle and all you see left is this little string of smoke that disappears real quick before I even have a chance to find out what it’s trying to say.

So this whole book’s a poem because poetry’s short and

Write fast, Lonnie, Ms. Marcus says.

At night sometimes after Miss Edna goes to bed I go up on the roof Sometimes I sit counting the stars Maybe one is my mama and another one is my daddy And maybe that’s why sometimes they flicker a bit I mean the stars flicker


Ms. Marcus says line breaks help us figure out what matters to the poet

Once when we was real little I was sitting at the window holding my baby sister, Lili on my lap.
A pigeon came flying over to the ledge and was looking at us.
Mama came running out the kitchen drying her hands on her jeans.
You still are, she said.

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Peace, Locomotion 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
cocoduke More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline Woodson is a wonderful YA author! She is a masterful storyteller. Her characters are credible, warm and memorable. Her stories are poignant. This book is simply lovely!
booksandwine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson is an epistolatory novel, meaning it's written in letter form, told through the letters of twelve year old Lonnie Collins Motion to his sister Lili. Basically, Lonnie and his sister are in foster care, but with two different families, and Lonnie feels he must write a letter to his sister every day they are in foster care so they can remember the stage in their life, he doesn't send the letters though, choosing to save them for when they get out of foster care.Peace, Locomotion is a beautifully written novel, often poignant and honest as we view Lonnie's coming of age through his own eyes. I believe the book is set in current-day. The letters don't have a date on them, but there is much mention of war and peace. The book mentions how there hasn't been a draft yet, but states how it could occur. Overall, though Lonnie firmly wishes for peace and happiness, which echo throughout most of his letters. I guess, I felt a sort of serenity while reading this book, as Lonnie's voice is a very calm voice, perhaps a bit wise for his 12 years.If you do decide to pick up Peace, Locomotion you will probably finish it in one day. The letters are easy to read, the pacing is quick. Also, it's 136 pages with somewhat large type. I know I just zoomed through this. Also, there is a book which comes before Peace, Locomotion, simply called Locomotion. I have not read it, and I didn't feel lost at all while reading this book. Obviously reading the previous book will only enhance your reading experience, but in this case Peace, Locomotion is a good read regardless of whether you read Locomotion or not.Finally, there were a few quotes which resonated with me:"Lili, when things don't go right in our house, Miss Edna says Sometimes the heart breaks so hard, Lonnie. That's what I was feeling like. Like my heart was breaking--real hard." pg. 27"That's the thing about people dying, Lili. You have all these frozen memories in your head and the longer they stay dead, the more your memory gets all gray--like I don't know if we ever really all sat together up on a roof somewhere or not. I just know when I'm sitting there by myself, a part of me just gets all these pictures in my head--like a movie or something." -pg. 72"You know what? There's peace in your music, Lili. When the organ guy was playing real soft and the choir was just swaying and humming and that beautiful light was coming into the church from the yellow windows, I just sat there smiling because it was like somebody had floated over and pulled warm covers over me." pg. 79
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a historical novel told in poetic form. I enjoyed it as much as I did her book ¿The Surrender Tree¿. I didn¿t know this part of history until I had read the book. The story is about Daniel, a Jew from Germany. His parents have taken all of their money and purchased a ticket for him to America. What none of them can know is that America has been denying access to the refuges. The ships are then sent on to Cuba. If Cuba denies them then they are sent back to Europe with the prospect of being sent to a concentration camp. Daniel is one of the lucky ones allowed to disembark in Cuba. He makes friends with Paloma. She discovers her fathers is an evil and crooked Cuban official. She lives in her dovecote with her birds to stay away from him. Daniel meets people along the way who help him learn to live not just survive. He also helps hide people during this time. This is a very emotional book. You feel for Daniel¿s parents and realize the depth of their love for him. This is a book that will definitely go on my shelves for my students. I think this should be required reading in History classes..
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Locomotion's letters to his sister captured me quickly, and they under tell, rather than over, tiny little details shedding light on the relationships between the siblings, his sister and her new foster mother, Locomotion and his foster mother, and the son returned from war. I am eager to read the first book, to see Locomotion bloom under the care of an encouraging teacher.I'd give this to people looking for realistic fiction, stories about orphans, or interesting in becoming writers.
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Told in touching letters, a young man tries to maintain a relationship with his sister though they live in different foster homes. Warm but not maudlin.
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a brother and sister separated into the foster care system after their parents have died and Lonnie/Locomotion writes these great letters to his sister Lilli. I did feel like I missed a little of this one because this is actually the second book the first book is just called Locomotion but I will one day find that one and read it too.This is a touching story that these two kids are able to stay in touch after being separated is really great and to see this young man come of age and into his own. It¿s a very short read but still a powerful book.I listened to this on audio narrated by, Dion Graham who did a great job with all the different emotions Lonnie goes through in this story .I would recommend this to the Young Adult reader.3 ½ stars may change to 4 after I read the first book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh nothing. (Rp) Just getting back into swimming. (Rl) Baby sitting my friends puppy.
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Funny how she was kissing Tiran in the second result right when you were kissing her here.....
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*he watches her*
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Crp wat song did u post
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Ur the daughter of the wine god
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Sandi Hearn More than 1 year ago
Greatt book!
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EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Wonderful storyline in journal/letter writing form written by young Lonnie Collins Motion to his sister. *Gives readers insight into a young heart and a mind for the beauty of poetry. *Inspires readers to follow their passion for poetry. *Heart-touching story with a protagonist you will, hopefully, relate to. *Emotionally-charged. *Easy-to-read, you will probably be able to read it in one or two days.
Shelia Asselin More than 1 year ago
I just finished the book and loved it!,