Title: 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.
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
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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