Harbor Me
  • Harbor Me
  • Harbor Me
  • Harbor Me
ISBN: 0525515143
EAN13: 9780525515142
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 21, 2020
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 0.56" H x 8.31" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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 ART 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.

Cast of Narrators:
N'Jameh Camara, as Haley
Jose Carrera, as Tiago
Dean Flanagan, as Ashton
Angel Romero, as Esteban

Toshi Widoff-Woodson, as Holly
Mikelle Wright-Matos, as Amari
and also featuring the author, Jacqueline Woodson, as Ms. Laverne

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   Heavier-than-usual middle grades novel
Jacqueline Woodson, the mother of 6-year-old twins who have battled drug and racial problems, believes that tweens are capable of reading about some rather weighty issues—parental incarceration, race, socioeconomic inequities, immigration and deportation—and the painful consequences these issues can have on youngsters. In the classroom, the six students are allowed to spend an hour each Friday afternoon talking with six other students. The two get to know each other better than they ever imagined—sharing secrets, fears, hopes, sadness and joy. The bond that develops among them is genuine and realistic, he said. Based on the true story of a sixth-grade girl who was the “special” six, Harbor Me shows how sensitive young adults learn empathy and mature.
 
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   Wish this was better
This book is a masterpiece of how to not teach kids about right and wrong, Raymond said. In "Finding Friends With Emotional Problems From Home," Blair tries to gain friendships with children who have lost a parent or seen their lives spiral downward. What is missing, argues Williams, is the value of sober living and legal citizenship. The message to the reader is that the kids are in a free country but have no understanding of the people who fought for that freedom, he said. By adding some background about economic migration, it could be a more honest book.
 
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   Bad
Relied too much on sappy parts, not enough action-y parts, and especially boring boys this is a very forced book to kids, it's just too good.
 
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   Indoctrination at its finest. A lot of opinions being pushed on kids!
There were plenty of white guilt, cop hating and citizenship issues that didn't need to be in there except to push her agenda, it was a total waste of time. Guess they figure they get to them while they're young! Fortunately our daughter didn't pick up on most things... but the little seeds were planted.
 
5
   Treasure
As I was reading this, I remembered each moment of our lives, and how we lived. Jacqueline Woodson, who wrote the book, carefully developed each character and their individual stories. A must read for any child.
 
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   A Picture of Children of Immigrants
I'm not a big fan of Elizabeth Barrett's fiction, but I like the tenderness of this story. They were able to work well together, he said. The author was able to tell of the fear, the heartache, and the uncertainty that illegals experience through these children, Meaghan said. While immigration is seen as controversial, we often overlook or forget about the effects of children especially.
 
5
   Fantastic Book
One man said he read the entire book in one sitting. It is another fantastic book by Jacqueline Woodson, and all students and teachers should read it.
 
5
   Wonderful story
It's a powerful story about the importance of friendship and feeling like you are heard. I think it should be mandatory reading for all elementary and middle school students. It's great to see so many kids actually see themselves in a book, said Jennette Tamayo, executive director of the Scholastic Children's Book Group.
 
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   Wow!
I recommend that every middle school student, teacher, and parent read this book. When you think about it, you will feel happy, cry, and all the feelings in between. It reminds us over and over again that we have to be there for each other. In a video interview, Charles Darwin said: "We are in this human race together."
 
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   Beautiful, touching book
This might be a young adult book, but it's an amazing book for not-so-young adults as well. The characters are beautifully developed, the plot has suspense, but ultimately it's about the need for conversation and love between people, Eisenberg said. It had me in tears at the end.
 
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