Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson – About The Book
It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat–by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for “A Room to Talk”), they discover it’s safe to talk about what’s bothering them–everything from Esteban’s father’s deportation and Haley’s father’s incarceration to Amari’s fears of racial profiling and Ashton’s adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson – Review
It’s been a while since I’ve read a middle grade book and I’m glad I was asked to read and review this one! This book needs to be in classrooms all over the country. This book took six kids, aged 11 and 12 , from all different ethnicities and backgrounds and threw them in a room for one hour every Friday just to talk. Talk about ANYTHING they wanted without adult supervision. It was kind of the middle grade version of The Breakfast Club. Wooden slammed A TON of modern-day issues into this little book that affect kids and people of all ages alike. She did it in a well written almost poetic way that is easier for the younger generation to relate to. This book brought up issues of bullying, gun violence, immigration, racism, privilege, death of family and incarceration of a parent. These kids were telling their own stories in relation to these issues. They had a safe place to be alone and express their thoughts and fears with their peers. I really enjoyed this book. These characters where very relatable. I had some of their same issues going on at that age. I still vividly remember being made fun of for being the only kid in the class with red hair.
Harbor Me Playlist
For this blog tour I was asked to create a playlist. My son, who is 12 years old, and I actually worked on this together and it was a lot of fun. It was a “blast from the past” that’s for sure. We came up with a bunch of songs that just scream middle school/teen angst. Anyone growing up and facing trials and tribulations in the world or suffering from the actions of their parents or just dealing with life in general will be able to relate to this playlist. It’s kind of long because we had too much fun putting it together but check it out! Press shuffle and ENJOY!
About The Author
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and she received the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award and a Sibert Honor. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include The Other Side, Each Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; and Miracle’s Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature and the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
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