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Twelve-year-old Lafayettes close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother. *Author: Woodson, Jacqueline *Series Title: Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner *Publication Date: 2000/04/01 *Number of Pages: 133 *Binding Type: Hardbound *Grade Level: 4-6 *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.50
Though she started her working life at the tender age of two as an Ebony magazine model for Alaga syrup, Jacqueline Woodson's first love was always writing. Growing up in North Carolina and Brooklyn, Woodson worked as a drama therapist for teens in need, before taking up writing full-time. She's the author of over 20 books for children of all ages, from picture books to young adult titles, including SHOW WAY and FEATHERS.
"The tone is intimate, as is the point of view, and the reader observes the action through the eyes of the sensitive Lafayette....Hope is a good thing, and Woodson hands it to her readers like a gift at the conclusion of this emotionally cathartic, gracefully constructed family story."
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It's been more than two years since his mother died, but 13-year-old Lafayette still blames himself for her death since he was one the one who found her after she slipped into a diabetic coma. Lafayette's feelings are mirrored by those of his older brother, Ty'ree, who feels guilty because he was unable to save their father who drowned years ago while rescuing a swimmer. Following their mother's death, Ty'ree put a scholarship to MIT on hold and became the guardian of Lafayette and their middle brother, Charlie. Charlie, however, has been serving time at the Rahway Home for Boys for his part in an armed robbery. When Charlie is released and returns home, Lafayette and Ty'ree welcome him back to the family and struggle to help him straighten out his life. Winner of the 2001 Coretta Scott King Author Award.
"Brothers is the baddest. Then comes Dominicans. Dominicans don't mess around. I'm cool with Dominicans though. They don't mess with me, I don't mess with them."
Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.