Harbor Me

Harbor Me

eBook - 2018
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Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's LiteratureJacqueline 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& #8212; 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& #8212; 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.
Publisher: 2018.
ISBN: 9780525515135
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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JCLBeckyC Apr 13, 2019

Six "special needs" kids discover that opening up to each other and sharing their stories, even the tough ones, helps them unite in ways no grownups could ever teach them. I love the interview between Jacqueline Woodson and her son, Jackson Leroi Widoff-Woodson at the end of the audiobook.

Jan 28, 2019

A lovely story about the relationships that develop between a small group of children that are given the opportunity to leave class every day and just meet in an empty classroom to talk.

ArapahoeErinR Nov 06, 2018

When you give kids the power to just talk with one another hope is born.

Oct 07, 2018

The power of friendship as six kids with different troubled lives in today's America (parent in prison, dead parent, racial profiling, deportation, etc.) spend a year talking with one another.

LPL_Childrens Oct 03, 2018

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson has done it again! I predict that her latest book "Harbor Me" will receive the same award winning buzz as her other amazing titles have. In "Harbor Me", Ms. Woodson weaves together a moving story of six young people facing challenges of today. The six are put in a classroom specializing in different learning styles. When their compassionate teacher assigns them to a weekly ARTT ( a room to talk} session, they discover they share more similarities than differences. The result is a close knit group that will win your heart. Congratulations on another winner, Ms. Woodson!

Oct 01, 2018

Six Kids in One Room, Once a Week. They are allowed to speak freely without adult intervention. With the addition of Haley's voice recorder, they each tell their stories, share their fears and preserve meaningful moments from their sixth grade year. In 20 years they hope to reunite and enjoy the recordings together and reminisce. Would recommend reading this in a classroom or with your child as there are some blanket statements made that overly simplify (and sometimes distort) current cultural issues. Great springboard for discussion regarding issues like socio-economic differences, bullying, incarceration, racism and the path to citizenship.

JCLEmmaF Jul 06, 2018

Haley knows she's different. She shares a classroom with six others, and when the six are given a classroom to talk alone for one hour a week, no one is thrilled. However, in the ARTT room ("A Room To Talk), the kids begin to open, sharing their stories, and strengthening their bond. A beautiful, poetic book- it made me feel things! Simply put, this is a book about kids and their lives. Specifically, it's a book about freedom, and what it means, within context, for real people today. It's a book about survival and friendship, of honesty and love within brokenness. The kids in Harbor Me are forced to redefine home, and themselves, within a country that repeatedly challenges them. Together, they think and live through deportation and immigration, accents and skin color, incarceration and grief. Important, heartbreakingly honest, and hopeful.

OPL_KrisC May 10, 2018

An honest, heartfelt and timely story about six middle schoolers dealing with a variety of issues (poverty, immigration and deportation, racism and bullying).


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