“Locomotion” By Jacqueline Woodson

By Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Dion Graham
Series: Locomotion, Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
Release date: 02-02-12
Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Happiness, sadness, a little anger, but never pity.  Those and other emotions are what you will go through when reading/listening to this book.  Lonnie Collins Motion lost his parents in a house fire at the age of seven.  When placed in foster homes he and his sister were split up.  Life is not easy being young and black in the city.  Soon Locomotion is taught that he can express himself through writing, especially poetry.  From there the sky’s the limit.

Now, don’t get me wrong his life isn’t all rosy in the end, it just seems he is able to cope a little more.  Mostly due to him having an outlet (writing) for his frustrations, but also because he is a quick learner and learns how to get along in life.  Being a series of books and this only the first, it’s easy to grasp that Locomotion will constantly be learning how to deal with life.

Many times while listening to this audiobook, I found myself smiling a huge smile while at the same time a tear or two would run down my cheek.  This is not only because of the words written by Jacqueline Woodson, but some of the credit needs to go to the narrator, Dion Graham.  Dion was able to present the story from the psyche of a young boy that seemed like Locomotion was reading these poems and prose directly to me from his book.

Publisher’s Summary
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, is showing him ways to put his jumbled feelings on paper. And suddenly, Lonnie has a whole new way to tell the world about his life, his friends, his little sister, Lili, and even his foster mom, Miss Edna, who started out crabby but isn’t so bad after all. Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical voice captures Lonnie’s thoughtful perspectives of the world and his determination to one day put a family together again.

©2003 Jacqueline Woodson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.