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. Read a wonderful introduction to and interview with Jacqueline Woodson at the Brown Bookshelf. This is part of their presentation of 28 of the best and brightest youth literature creators February 1 - 28.
"Dear Lili, When Jenkins leans on me to get out of that wheelchair and onto those crutches, it's like there's a giant on my shoulders. And sometimes it feels like I'm gonna fall right down under all the weight. But I don't, Lili. I stay standing. I stay standing. Peace, Lili. Locomotion" -page 132