Jacqueline Woodson, The author of Miracle Boys’ tells a story about three kids that are forced to grow up without any parents.
Lafayette is one of the main characters. He is determined but also is very curious about his parents deaths. His brother, Tyree is forced to raise 2 other kids to as he is in charge of the house and has to have a job instead of working. It is often in a apartment in New York where they are forced to live in a small rundown room. They live in a poor rundown apartment with their brother, Tyree in charge even though he is 19 because both of their parents died.
The story is written in paragraphs with it very descriptive. I like that there are chapters every 7 pages or so. It is not meant to be a very funny book but makes up for its lack of humor with description.
One example from the book is, “Brothers is the baddest. Then comes Dominicans. Dominicans don’t mess around. I’m cool with Dominicans though” It shows how throughout the book they are forced to live in unity with each other. Another quote is, “Ty’ree was all right after Mama died. But I was all wrong. The year before, I’d seen this show about snakes. They showed this one snake slipping out of its old skin and then leaving the old skin on the ground behind him. That’s how I felt—like Mama’d been my skin. But I hadn’t grown a new skin underneath, like the snake had. I was just blood and bones spreading all over the place.” This show how Lafayette was still recovering throughout the story from his Mom’s death.
Miracle Boy’s has won the Coretta Scott King award for authors. The author, Jacqueline Woodson has won the John Newbery awards for 2 of her other books. Woodson went to Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.
Miracle Boy’s made me get into the book. It made me feel like I was right there with Lafayette in his journey without his parents. It made me experience what it felt like by putting me in the shoes of someone without parents.