Books by Jacqueline Woodson
Melanin Sun has a lot to say. But sometimes it's hard to speak his mind, so he fills up notebooks with his thoughts instead. He writes about his mom a lot--they're about as close as they can be, because they have no other family. So when she suddenly tells him she's gay, his world is turned upside down. And if that weren't hard enough for him to accept, her girlfriend is white. Melanin Sun is angry and scared. How can his mom do this to him--is this the end of their closeness? What will his friends think? And can he let her girlfriend be part of their family?
A Newbery Honor Book
The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend s lives, the world opens up for them. Suddenly they re keenly aware of things beyond their block in Queens, things that are happening in the world like the shooting of Tupac Shakur and in search of their Big Purpose in life. When all too soon D s mom swoops in to reclaim her, and Tupac dies, they are left with a sense of how quickly things can change and how even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply.
Includes a Discussion Guideby Jacqueline Woodson
"A slender, note-perfect novel." The Washington Post
"The subtlety and depth with which the author conveys the girls' relationships lend this novel exceptional vividness and staying power." "Publishers Weekly"
"Jacqueline Woodson has written another absorbing story that all readers especially those who have felt the loss of a friendship will identify with." "Children's Literature"
"Woodson creates a thought-provoking story about the importance of acceptance and connections in life." "VOYA""