by Jacqueline Woodson (Putnam; ages 9-12)
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In a series of letters to his sister, 12-year-old Lonnie writes about their separate foster homes, missing their parents, and a teacher who criticizes his poetry. But after his foster mother's son comes home from the war in Iraq with a serious injury, Lonnie learns to find peace.
"I told him that I called her Miss Edna because she was only a foster mama. Clyde asked if Miss Edna told me what I could be doing and what I couldn't be doing. I said yeah and then Clyde said, She hug you sometimes? I nodded. He told me I could call her whatever I wanted but she was my for-real mama."
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