What Joa is Reading & Other Stuff

Book reviews...from picture books to adult books, as well as books-to-movie info, and other stuff I think is interesting. Note: Not all books reviewed or recommended are appropriate for all ages.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
Books by Jacqueline Woodson

I recently Behind You, by Jacqueline Woodson. I guess it is a sequel to If You Come Softly....but I didn't even know that until after I read it.

Woodson is such a poetic writer. I have loved every book I have read by her (including Newbery winner Feathers, Miracle's Boys, I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, and her picture books, Show Way and Coming On Home Soon). She has many more published books, as well. 

Behind You takes place after Jeremiah (who goes by Miah), was shot and killed by a police officer. Each chapter is a different voice those who love him: his girlfriend, Ellie, his mom Nelia, his father, his best friend, his basketball teammate, and even his grandmother, who he has joined in the afterlife.

This is a very short, but very moving, read, highly recommended to kids, teens, and adult. It is a book about death that says a lot about life.

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