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Blog Tour: Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson — September 3, 2018

Blog Tour: Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson

HarborMe_BlogBannerTheDreamOfAmerica_JK.inddTitle: Harbor Me

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Date Published: August 28, 2018

Publisher: Nancy Paulson Books

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Jacqueline Woodson’s first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories.

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.

I received this book from the publisher for reviewing purposes. All opinions are entirely my own.

This book was amazing!!! Everything about it is so real. It is set during a school year and that makes it so much more relatable to its target audience. I loved how talented Ms. Woodson was and how it conveyed a message of hope, even in the darkest of times.

The writing style was so lyrical and it reminded me of a poem, which isn’t surprising because there lots of those that Ms. Woodson has written. Her style was very defined and pragmatic, and I loved how down to earth it was. Everyone in Ms. Woodson’s is very realistic and I think that she is a great role model for children everywhere. 

The characters were so realistic and by the end, I loved them so much. All of them grew so close over the course of the book, and I wish my classmates and I had that sort of bond. Holly and Haley are so supportive of each other and I envied their best friend relationship. All of the boys were so optimistic and the group didn’t put anyone down. There was one very interesting fact that I noticed. Only one out of the six kids was white. Normally, it’s the other way around. I thought that this was interesting because I haven’t encountered many situations like this. I want to read more things like this, so I guess I’ve got to read more of Ms. Woodson’s books.

I loved the way that Haley tried to record everything and then the group tried to have a reunion in twenty years. I hope that they succeed and that Ms. Woodson writes a bonus that shows it. Or maybe I’ll write it as fanfic. But I think that Haley’s recorder idea was brilliant. She was so smart and so was everyone in the ARTT room.

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The plot was very interesting. There were a lot of sub-plots and I was invested in all of them. I loved hearing about everyone’s inner journeys and listening to them talk about everything was a huge eye-opener. All of the ARTT group was so supportive and they all had bad stuff that they had to deal with. I was super proud of them and I cried a lot during this book. There were a lot of plot twists and some of them ruined me. Some plot twists and some of them ruined me. Some plot twists were amazing and had me laughing and smiling, and other plot twists hold me in tears and wondering whether I could rewrite some parts. I loved this book a lot and can’t wait to read more of her books.

This book was amazing and I highly recommend it. This quote is from an uncorrected proof. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

downloadJacqueline 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 SideEach Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners FeathersShow 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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August 21 – HBB Reviews – Historical Overview of the Events

August 22 – Princess Reads A Lot – Review

August 23 – Beaming for books – Creative Instagram Picture

August 24 – The Dwarf Did It – Playlist  


August 27 – Simone and Her Books – Review + Creative Instagram Picture

August 28 – Lo’s Lo-Down on Books – Review

August 29 – Bookfoolery – Review

August 30 – It’s Just About Write – Listicle

August 31 – Fangirl Fury – Spotlight


September 3 – Buttons Book Reviews – Review

September 4 – Alexis Lampley – Stylized Book Photo

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September 6 – Between the Shelves – Playlist + Creative Instagram Picture

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The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson Illustrated by Rafael Lopez — August 27, 2018

The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

downloadTitle: The Day You Begin

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Illustrator: Rafael Lopez

Date Published: August 28th, 2018

Publisher: Nancy Paulson Books

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature 

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding the courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is quite like you.

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it’s how you look or talk, or where you’re from; maybe it’s what you eat, or something just as random. It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael Lopez’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

This ARC was provided by the publisher. All opinions are entirely own. 

This book was so cute!!!! I gave my little sister, who hates reading, and she loved it!!! I think that this book was amazing and teaches a lot of important lessons and will get any kid addicted to reading.

Ms. Woodson’s writing was just as amazing as it has been in the past books and it makes me want to read all of her books. This book was written in such a way that the child has to read the next page, otherwise, they won’t finish the sentence. All of the other books I’ve read by Ms. Woodson have not been like this, which makes me want to read more of her picture books to see if it’s the same style.

The art was so unique and I wanted to sit still and look at it for a while. Everything was so bright and colorful and I was entranced. This picture book would have kids hooked, if not on the story than on the art. I loved it, my little sister loved it, and most children will love it as well.

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I loved how different everyone in this book was. There were so many people and the odd thing was, I didn’t know any of their names. I thought that was cool. I can’t help but smile when I remember the ending of the book. This book also lazy summers and how it’s okay not to go any vacations. I loved this book and I want to read more of Ms. Woodson’s picture books. 

Ms. Woodson’s books are always so lyrical and I can’t wait to read her next one. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson — April 4, 2018

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

download (1)Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become. 

This book was SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! *goes and cries because of the beauty* We got to know Jacqueline on a personal level and when the book was over I felt like I was losing a friend. There was not really a plot but for this book that was okay. Honestly, just read further and then read the book so that you can get a piece of this beauty.

The characters were AMAZING!!! I loved how every character had a backstory and a story to tell and it talked about real life things that happen to actual families. It was so interesting to see how the Woodsons reacted to each and every trial. I also liked how everyone in that family was different. This book teaches a lot of important life lessons to children and it is so beautiful and pure and I’m in love.

My favorite character was Odella, or Dell for short. She was always reading and the smartest in her class. I liked seeing that and I liked seeing how relatable she was, even though she wasn’t talked about much. The times that she was mentioned I knew that she would have been my favorite. Mainly because of the books she read. She would have made a great book blogger. Except for the fact that her mother would have never let her blog. 

The plot was… virtually nonexistent. Which was good for this book because it was a memoir. There were life events that happened to the family but they weren’t the plot. They were maybe 3 to 5 poems. Oh, that’s another thing to talk about. The poems. They were a writing style that I don’t normally read. But, in my opinion, the poems were beautiful. They conveyed what Jacqueline was feeling at the moment while keeping you informed on what was happening. And did I mention that most of these poems were only a page or two wrong? It was amazing!! Just another reason for you to read this book. 

The setting was always changing with the poem that was being read. Yet, you always knew where you were. I was enthralled. I could envision myself in the setting. Not playing with the characters because I never envision myself in memoirs and biographies. And that is pretty much all I can probably put into coherent speech that will convince you to read this book. Except for this: READ THE BOOK!!! I PROMISE YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!!

As you can probably see from the above paragraph, I really really loved this book. I highly recommend it to everyone reading this post. And then to your friends and family. Just read the book. By the way, this book fills out my “written in prose or poetry” for my 208 Book Bingo challenge.  Please remember to fill out my survey!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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