Tuesday, October 30, 2007

House You Pass On The Way, The

By Jacqueline Woodson

Evangeline is 13, and everyone calls her 'Staggerlee.' She's an outsider, and not just because her mother is white. She kissed a girl back in 6th grade, and since the post-kiss rejection, has kept it a secret.

Her female cousin Trout visits for the summer and with this new friend, Staggerlee tries to figure it all out.

On her website, Jacqueline shares that one of the reasons she wrote "The House You Pass On The Way" was:

"I wanted to write about friendship and I wanted to write about what it means to love someone—how painful and confusing that can be."

How wonderful to have a book that deals with racism and homophobia, and a young Teenage girl trying to work out who she is - like we all have to if we are going to grow up.

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Rita said...

I can't wait to read this!

Rita said...

I read this over the holidays, thanks to your blog. Jacqueline Woodson has a marvelous way with words. She particularly handles the newness of the characters' emotions beautifully. Both main characters are at once strong and mature and yet self aware enough to know that they don't know yet what they "are," really.