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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jacqueline Woodson Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781455842476
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2003 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book
  • A 2003 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 2/20/2014

    " I used this book as an interactive read aloud with my sixth grade literacy students. I loved it, they loved it. Worked so well with our character unit. Jacqueline Woodson does a great job covering sensitive topics like diversity, death, bullying, adoption, foster care...in a way students can understand and discuss. I look forward to reading the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rylie | 2/18/2014

    " I really liked this book! It was very different and heart worming! I thought Locomotion was a very sweet thoughtful young man. I definitely recommend this book to anybody who likes heart worming poetry!(: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Gilstrap | 2/3/2014

    " This book was quite interesting! Telling a story through a book of poetry..amazing! The story line was sad, but I love how easy it was to follow. I think students that are just beginning to read poetry should start with something like this because it is interesting and easy to follow. Most poetry is hard for a child to follow and they don't understand what is going on so they end up disliking poetry. I really enjoyed this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 deb | 2/2/2014

    " Not sure how jaqueline woodson manages to put out so much heartbreaking material but it happened again. and it's a book of poems that somehow manages to tow the line just above schmaltzy and straight to the heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/21/2014

    " Woodson is a gifted author of children's books. This is a poetry book and like her prose novels Woodson creates characters that you care about long after the book is closed. She is a three-time Newbery Honor winner, a two-time National Book Award Finalist and winner of a Coretta Scott King Award. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of this amazing author. Now starting the followup to "Locomotion" - "Peace, Locomotion." Here's a little taste - "Imagine peace. I think it's blue because that's my favorite color. I think it's soft like flannel sheets in the wintertime. I think Peace is full - like a stomach after a real good dinner - beef stew and corn bread or shrimp fried rice and egg rolls..................I think if you imagine it, like that Beatles guy used to sing about? Then it can happen. Yeah, I think Peace Can Happen." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Maynard:) | 1/7/2014

    " i thought it was real emotional it talks alot about his sister and mom. it really shows that he cares about his family. i recommend it to people who like emotional and poem books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerrie McCormick | 12/18/2013

    " Good poetry book to read to innercity children. It is very easy for children to relate to the main character. Lonnie Collins Motion has a hard life, but is excellent at writing authentic poetry. This helped my class write about their own lives and problems that they face. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Arranaga | 10/19/2013

    " Locomotion was a ok book. Some parts were sad some were funny. The part I did not like was that all the poems. I lnow it was a poem book some poems were weriod. Another then that it was good. =D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calla Carpenter | 8/30/2013

    " I loved this book and would recommend to anyone trying to break the sterotype of poetry. The story of Lonnie losing his parents at a very young age and how he overcomes that kept me entertained. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shala Abbott | 8/25/2013

    " This is a great chapter book filled with poems. This book was so heart warming. It made me cry. I loved it. This was one of my better reads assigned. This book is suited for children ages 10 - 16. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 8/15/2013

    " Locomotion was a fantastic book! It was very powerful, plus I liked that it was written in poems. Lonnie has been through a lot after his parents died in a fire. Now only his sister Lilly and hime survived they were put into homes with other adults. I'm very satisfied with the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Freeman | 7/7/2013

    " Wow, I really liked this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 3/10/2013

    " I liked this book ok, but I've read so many books like it that it didn't seem as original or moving as it might have. Overall, it was a quick, interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celeste | 1/8/2013

    " A wonderful form of self expression through poetry. Locomotion is self expression of the thoughts, feelings and life experiences of eleven-year-old Lonnie through poetry. This is a book that can be introduced to students who are reluctant writers or who need a form of self expression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 10/29/2012

    " This book was about foster/adoption (somehow I got a whole bunch of these types of books 2 years ago)...it is a very interesting story...but it was all written in poetry form "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 8/22/2012

    " A story told cleverly in verse. The more you read the more you want to read. The author tells us about Lonnie's tragic life through his eyes and words. We feel his love for his sister and gradual affection for his guardian, Miss Edna. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabe | 8/21/2012

    " I think it at great poems and was a book with lots of different feelings. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connor | 8/15/2012

    " It was an ok book but the story didn't have a very good ending. I loved the kid and how he went from depressed to happy but it didn't really. . . 'end'. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joni | 8/2/2012

    " This is really poetry. And I found it very powerful. It was a little sparse. I would have like fifty more pages. But the images and stories Woodson tells are powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 2/15/2012

    " Read this a couple of years ago...LOVED it. Loved the poetry of it, the poignancy of the boy's voice. "

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About the Author
Author Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults; the recipient of three Newbery Honors for After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way; and a two-time finalist for the National Book Award for Locomotion and Hush. Other awards include the Coretta Scott King Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Miracle’s Boys. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.