Miracle's Boys

Miracle's Boys

by Jacqueline Woodson

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Overview

From a three-time Newbery Honor author, a novel that was awarded the 2001 Coretta Scott King award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

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

For Lafayette and his brothers, the challenges of growing up in New York City are compounded by the facts that they've lost their parents and it's up to eldest brother Ty'ree to support the boys, and middle brother Charlie has just returned home from a correctional facility.

Lafayette loves his brothers and would do anything if they could face the world as a team. But even though Ty'ree cares, he's just so busy with work and responsibility. And Charlie's changed so much that his former affection for his little brother has turned to open hostility.

Now, as Lafayette approaches 13, he needs the guidance and answers only his brothers can give him. The events of one dramatic weekend force the boys to make the choice to be there for each other—to really see each other—or to give in to the pain and problems of every day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142415535
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/07/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 53,192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson (www.jacquelinewoodson.com) is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and she received the 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 Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. 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 and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Chapter One "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.
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ABOUT JACQUELINE WOODSON

Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She now writes full-time and has recently received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. Her other awards include a Newbery Honor, a Coretta Scott King award, 2 National Book Award finalists, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Although she spends most of her time writing, Woodson also enjoys reading the works of emerging writers and encouraging young people to write, spending time with her friends and her family, and sewing. Jacqueline Woodson currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


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OTHER BOOKS BY JACQUELINE WOODSON

Last Summer with Maizon
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Between Madison and Palmetto
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Maizon at Blue Hill
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AN INTERVIEW WITH JACQUELINE WOODSON

Why do you write for young adults?

I think it's an important age. My young adult years had the biggest impact on me of any period in my life and I remember so much about them. When I need to access the physical memories and/or emotional memories of that period in my life, it isn't such a struggle. And kids are great.

The issue of identity is central to the three books under discussion, yet each seems to approach this topic differently. Was this a deliberate choice on your part? What does each of these stories say about the teen characters and their struggles to define themselves?

Identity has always been an important and very relevant issue for me. For a lot of reasons, I've been 'assigned' many identities. From a very young age, I was being told what I was—black, female, slow, fast, a tomboy, stubborn—the list goes on and on. And this happens with many children as they are trying to become. So that by the time we're young adults, no wonder we're a mess!! There are so many ways we come to being who we are, so many ways in which we search for our true selves, so many varying circumstances around that search. No two people are alike but every young person is looking for definition. My journey as a writer has been to explore the many ways one gets to be who they are or who they are becoming.

What do you do differently, if anything, when you tell a story from a male perspective?

When I'm writing from a male perspective, I try to imagine myself as a boy and I really try to remember as much as I can about the guys I knew and know. It's very different than creating girl characters but I love the challenge of it.

Although these are very different stories, they each reflect what can happen to African Americans when they are impacted by the criminal justice system. What do you want your readers to understand about this?

I don't really know what I want readers to understand. I know what it helps me to understand—that the criminal justice system has historically not worked for African-Americans, that the percentage of people of color as compared to whites in jail, killed by cops, racially profiled and constantly singled out is unbalanced. I want the system to be different and the only way that it can change is if the way our society looks at race changes. And the only way that can happen is if people really start paying attention and making a decision to create change.


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
  1. Each of the three brothers is haunted by a past incident involving their parents. Describe each incident and tell how it continues to bother each of the boys. How do they each deal with what Ty'ree calls "a monkey on their back"?
     
  2. Why does Charlie act so hostile to his brothers when he returns from Rahway Home for Boys?
     
  3. Lafayette has a difficult time coping after his mother's death. How does the psychologist help?
     
  4. Although the boys are on their own after Milagro's death, they receive some help from their Aunt Cecile. What kind of help does she provide?
     
  5. Describe Charlie's friend Aaron. How does he interact with Lafayette? Why? What kind of choices is he making about his life?
     
  6. People in the neighborhood refer to Ty'ree as "St. Ty'ree." Why has he earned that nickname?
     
  7. Lafayette has strong memories of his mother as a reader, particularly reading Toni Morrison. How does the quote "The function of freedom is to free someone else" relate to Ty'ree, Charlie, and Lafayette?
     
  8. Issues about money and poverty confront the family constantly. How did Milagro show her values concerning money? How do the boys accept or reject her feelings?
     
  9. What do you think will happen to Miracle's boys?

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Miracle's Boys 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miracle¿s Boys is the powerful story of three brothers attempting to deal with the death of their parents. The story begins after the middle brother, Charlie, has returned from Rahway, a juvenile detention center. He has changed so much in the time he was there, that his younger brother, Lafayette, refers to him as Newcharlie. The oldest brother, Ty¿ree, struggles to take the place of both parents and provide for his family. As the story unfolds, we discover that Lafayette was the first to find his mother on the morning she passed away and blames himself for her death, because he froze and could only scream. We also discover that Ty¿ree blames himself for their father¿s death, because he told his dad to save the woman and her dog. Newcharlie has difficulty dealing with their mother¿s death, simply because he was not there when she died and attempts to comfort himself by believing that he could have saved her had he been there. As the story progresses, we watch the brothers grow closer together and begin to deal with their grief in their own separate ways, Ty¿ree and Lafayette holding to the hope that one day Newcharlie will become Charlie once more. This story is very well written and draws the reader in so that we feel the emotions of the readers as if they were our own. The author expertly uses flashbacks to help the reader ¿get to know¿ the characters and understand them on a personal level. This novel grabs the reader and draws them and we find ourselves living the struggles these boys face along with them ¿ their hopes, their dreams, and their pain. As the book closes, we realize that only two days have passed, but we feel as if we have known the boys for a lifetime. This book deals with the pain of loss, raw grief, and some teenage violence each of these issues adds to the power of the book and the relationships described. I would definitely recommend this book, though not to someone who¿s grief is new.
iecj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The oldest of three brothers goes to work full time instead of going to college in an effort to keep them all together after their mother dies. The middle child ends up going to a correctional facility and comes back a stranger to the other two.This book may be especially appealing to African American and Latino boys since the main characters are from those two ethnic backgrounds. In general, the book is apropriate for all middle school readers and may appeal to some high school readers.
rfewell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Three teenaged brothers are orphaned when their mother dies of complications with diabetes. They struggle to survive and make good choices under the care and instruction of their older brother Tyree.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like this book was a great book and now I I think you can do something with it and make more and making it a series it would be great thanks love your book. For now I will like to read more I want to find out how Charlie and Lafitte and Terry got through their Poornes.
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TIS BOOK IS GREAT AND WHOEVER DO NOT LIKE IT IS A STUPID HOE BECAUSE THIS BOOK TELLS HOW THREE BROTHERS HAVE TO HAVE EACHOTHER BACK CAUSE THEIR PARENTS DIED VUT THE CAN NOT GET ALONG BUT LEARN HOW TO LOVE
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This is a great book
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3Boys That Mother And Father Died so They Are Left With Each Other But Just Cant Seem To Get Along With Each Other.
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The book Miracle's Boys is written by Jacqueline Woodson the story is about three brothers that lost their parents. The story begins when the middle brother named Charlie comes back from Rahway a juvenile detention center. He has changed show much when he was there, that his younger brother Lafayette calls him Newcharlie. The oldest brother Ty;ree struggles to take the place of both parents and provide for his family. This story is very well written and draws the reader in so that we feel the emotions that they feel. This book deals with pain and loss, raw grief and some teenage violence each of these issues adds to the power of the book and the relationships described.
Conectionz More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent amd the author does a great job of connecting the reader into the book.
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