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Miracle's Boys

by Woodson, Jacqueline

Format: Kindle Book 2006
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Summary
From a three-time Newbery Honor author, a novel that was awarded the 2001 Coretta Scott King award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize For Lafayette and his brothers, the challenges of growing up in New York City are compounded by the facts that they've lost their parents and it's up to eldest brother Ty'ree to support the boys, and middle brother Charlie has just returned home from a correctional facility. Lafayette loves his brothers and would do anything if they could face the world as a team. But even though Ty'ree cares, he's just so busy with work and responsibility. And Charlie's changed so much that his former affection for his little brother has turned to open hostility. Now, as Lafayette approaches 13, he needs the guidance and answers only his brothers can give him. The events of one dramatic weekend force the boys to make the choice to be there for each other—to really see each other—or to give in to the pain and problems of every day.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6^-10. Lafayette, 12, tells his family story in a voice that's funny, smart, and troubled. It's a story of poverty and grief, of family secrets and brotherly love. Lafayette's oldest brother, Ty'ree, has given up hope of college so that he can work and raise Lafayette and their middle brother, Charlie, who robbed a local candy store two years ago and has returned home from the correctional facility an angry stranger. Charlie is now in trouble again; this time it's a gang fight. With the boys always is the absence of their beloved mother and the guilt, blame, and sorrow they all feel and incite in one another. Mama is too saintly a figure, at least in her three sons' soft-glowing sorrowful memories, but the fast-paced narrative is physically immediate, and the dialogue is alive with anger and heartbreak, "brother to brother to brother." As in Walter Dean Myers' novel 145th Street [BKL D 15 99], the city block in the story is hard and dangerous--and it is home. --Hazel Rochman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "HAccomplished singer and songwriter Harper (Rhythm in My Shoes) raises the bar for herself on this joyful and richly layered recording. Harper's clear voice has never sounded stronger or warmer than on these mostly original tunes celebrating various moods of childhood and the humorous and happy elements of family life. "Yonder Come Day/Shining over China," the combination of a Georgia Sea Islands folk song and Harper's own composition, kicks things off with African-flavored percussion and lyrics about believing in things we can't always see. In "I'm Already There," Mom imagines how exciting it would be to take a family trip, until she remembers all the preparation and packing (and choruses of "Are we there yet?") the voyage will involve. Jazz influences range from New Orleans-style on "A Little Brown Dog Named Joe" to the bluesy, boogie-woogie-inspired "Walk It While You Talk It." Other standouts include the Calyspo-sounding "Shout the Happiness," about appreciating the little things in life, and "The Band," a lilting, cumulative song about instruments. Children add their voices throughout, both singing and speaking, and Harper's daughter Nora performs sweet vocal accompaniment on "Down by the River/Bullfrog." Rhythms and musical styles from around the globe and fresh, jaunty lyrics help make this a swell choice for family listening. All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Publisher Penguin Young Readers Group2006
Language English
ISBN 9781101077061