Harbor Me

Harbor Me

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 ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover Jacqueline Woodson's first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the h...

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Title:Harbor Me
Author:Jacqueline Woodson
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0399252525
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:192 pages pages

Harbor Me Reviews

  • Destinee Sutton
    Nov 14, 2018
    Woodson is one of the best (maybe the best) writers of fiction for young people. She's definitely one of my favorite authors. But I struggled to get into this book. Beautifully written, yes. Important topics and themes, yes. But it felt like a book written primarily to teach lessons, n...
  • Jessica
    Sep 26, 2018
    I think this is a strong contender for next year's ALA awards, and with good reason. It's a slim little book, but the style is almost more poetry than prose, and each of the words and stories is lovely and clear. As these kids sit around in the old art room that their teacher gives the...
  • Betsy
    Jun 20, 2018
    A good book, whether it?s written for a nine-year-old, a nineteen-year-old, or a ninety-year-old can tilt your perspective, if only momentarily. Consider the concept of the ?happy ending? and what it?s supposed to resemble. What does a real happy ending actually entail in real ...
  • Mary Lee
    Jul 21, 2018
    Amazing book. So beautifully written. So needed for this country, our classrooms, our children, all our citizens RIGHT NOW. So powerful...the power of talk, of getting to know others ("Others"). So honest about race and privilege and ability (dis- and otherwise) and family and grie...
  • Lisa
    Oct 20, 2018
    The themes hit home for all of us in 2018. Written for the middle school crowd but applicable to everyone, although the simplistic writing and the way each topic is spelled out was a bit much for this adult reader. While I agree with the topics and conclusions, I believe it was preache...
  • Kathy McC
    Nov 27, 2018
    Thank you Ms. Woodson for creating some amazing characters- so real that they leap off the page. Thank you for the message you gave them to carry, "What I will say is harbor each other. Even strangers. Every day." Thank you for making them friends so that they can teach us abo...
  • Desiree
    Sep 26, 2018
    I absolutely love the idea of being a safe harbor for someone. As a librarian, I believe that libraries are safe harbors. The students in this story battled their own perception of themselves and each other to create a unique safe harbor. Each character had such rich complexity! I abso...
  • DaNae
    Sep 15, 2018
    I'm having a hard time with this. The writing is so lovely and the children are dear and genuine. But I wanted a different book, which may not be fair. This is mainly a collection of monologues told with eloquence. The reader gets the stories, the friends share, at a distance. ...
  • Laurie Anderson
    Sep 01, 2018
    This book has EVERYTHING - love, family, friends, middle school transitions, and the devastating realities faced by so many of our children in this country. It brought me tears, goosebumps, and gratitude that I'm alive in a world with people like Jackie Woodson. Seriously - buy copi...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Nov 06, 2018
    1. This audiobook is full cast, and it's exceptional. 2. Harbor Me manages to be about a huge number of the major issues of the day, including immigration, imprisonment, racism, and much more, without feeling too heavy or too preachy. The characters feel so real, and it really highlig...
  • Gary Anderson
    Sep 12, 2018
    Jacqueline Woodson?s Harbor Me is a book for right now. We can?t always help what happens to us, and some kids are dealt really tough hands. The kids in Harbor Me are living with the realities of incarcerated parents, deportation threats, deceased parents, and mindless prejudice fo...
  • Michelle
    Sep 11, 2018
    This was a short accessible read that touched on a lot of issues. Loss of a parent, immigration, racial profiling, and then there's the kiddo that hasn't experienced any of that, but sees how life can be cruel to his friends, and that effects him as well. Its a good one for all kids, w...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jul 11, 2018
    I don't often read books targeted for the middle school reader, but this is Woodson and I love how she tackles difficult subject. She does the same here, portraying six eleven and twelve year olds, all a different ethnicity, and from different backgrounds. All six have a harder time ac...
  • Kim
    Oct 08, 2018
    Jacqueline Woodson is a treasure and I would read anything she wrote, in any form, for any age group. I'm surprised that I haven't heard more about this book, because it's focus on kids and diversity and current events is so well done. The audiobook performance is so good too! Don't mi...
  • Katrina
    Oct 08, 2018
    There is a tiny bit of story around the edges with the main character, but the overall plot of the book is: 6 kids sit around in a room and talk (often monologue) about Issues. That is not a story. It might work OK in verse (although a plot would still be a good thing to have), but it?...
  • Danielle
    Nov 11, 2018
    "My uncle says that when you tell stories, it's like letting out all the scared inside of you...It's like you help stuff make sense." (p.41) "I think sometimes...life gives you stuff you don't want, but you have to take it anyway." (p.145) ...
  • KC
    Aug 24, 2018
    When group of young Brooklyn students are given the opportunity to gather together in a safe, adult free classroom, they begin an explorative journey through dialog, poetry, revelation, and storytelling. Jacqueline Woodson taps into the most current challenges that many our youth face ...
  • Rita Shaffer
    Sep 14, 2018
    I listened to the audiobook and it was extra special ... Jacqueline Woodson read Ms Laverne and her some reads one of the child characters... and they do the sweetest interview at the end. This is an important book for all to read ... and I wish felt as safe as these kiddos do in th...
  • Beth Honeycutt
    Sep 08, 2018
    Not much to do on this rainy day but to read an amazing book! So many wonderful images and messages in this book! ...
  • Kate Olson
    Aug 01, 2018
    Thanks to a Kid Lit Exchange reviewer for sharing her free review copy from #NerdCampMI with us! . There are some books that I label "teaching books" and this is most certainly one of them. Of course it's one I want kids to pick up on their own as well, but it's one I want read out l...
  • Phil Jensen
    May 10, 2018
    Two years ago, this country elected a leader who promised to "Make America Great Again." But what does that mean? What is America, and what does it look like when it's great? In Harbor Me, Jacqueline Woodson offers her vision of America at its best. The plot is simple. Six tweens me...
  • Sandra
    Sep 30, 2018
    Lives are made up of stories, and stories are shared to know that we are not alone. Six students spend an hour once a week in a classroom, just themselves, and an indelible bond forms among these budding human beings. Throughout the year, they learn about each other?s challenges in l...
  • Leonard Kim
    Sep 04, 2018
    Listened to audiobook. A couple years ago, Gary Paulsen wrote a book, Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat, that I don't remember that well but also featured a Breakfast Club-like scenario, six kids, forced together at school, not knowing each other well, but eventually talking and connecting. W...
  • Amaka
    May 12, 2018
    There are so many heavy topics covered in this novel such as immigration, racism, privilege, and parental loss. I was mesmerized by the characters and I can't get over how brilliant this story is. Haley's use of the recorder to remember her friends confessions was perfect. I love how ...
  • Michelle
    Aug 03, 2018
    "The hardest part of telling a story is finding the beginning." Where do we start the dialogue in this country about acceptance and respect for others? It seems as if the collective has lost their minds. Each side is focused on rhetoric, everyone consumed by a war of "Us" versus "Th...
  • Kiki Cole
    Jul 16, 2018
    I have read two very similar books in one day. Harbor Me was the better out of the two. Nothing was offensive, but it was real and it showed the effect of social matters with kids. 6 kids are put into the ARTT room aka A Room To Talk. No adults are around and it's basically free lance ...
  • Gabrielle Schwabauer
    Nov 30, 2018
    I did not ask to cry today but here we are. ...
  • Katie Long
    Aug 06, 2018
    I?m not the target audience for this book at all, but I love Jaqueline Woodson so much that I requested it from Penguin First to Read even though it is meant for a much younger reader. While this one doesn?t transcend its middle grade designation the way Brown Girl Dreaming does, i...
  • Katie B
    Jul 07, 2018
    For a middle grade novel that is less than 200 pages, this story manages to cram in quite a few serious subjects including race, imprisonment, deportation, and the death of a parent. The ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), is a place where 6 students in a special learning class get...
  • Christine
    Nov 11, 2018
    Beautiful. ...