Hush

Hush By Jacqueline Woodson, Hush Toswiah Green s life ended the moment her policeman father decided to testify against a fellow officer The Greens have had to change their identities and move to a different city Now Toswiah is Evie T
  • Title: Hush
  • Author: Jacqueline Woodson
  • ISBN: 9780142406007
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hush By Jacqueline Woodson, Toswiah Green s life ended the moment her policeman father decided to testify against a fellow officer The Greens have had to change their identities and move to a different city Now Toswiah is Evie Thomas, and that is the least of the changes Her defeated father spends his days sitting by the window Since her mother can no longer work as a teacher, she puts her energyToswiah Green s life ended the moment her policeman father decided to testify against a fellow officer The Greens have had to change their identities and move to a different city Now Toswiah is Evie Thomas, and that is the least of the changes Her defeated father spends his days sitting by the window Since her mother can no longer work as a teacher, she puts her energy into their new church Her only sister is making secret plans to leave And Evie, struggling to find her way, wonders who she is now and how she can make her future as bright as her past once was.
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    1. Jacqueline Woodson

      I used to say I d be a teacher or a lawyer or a hairdresser when I grew up but even as I said these things, I knew what made me happiest was writing.I wrote on everything and everywhere I remember my uncle catching me writing my name in graffiti on the side of a building It was not pretty for me when my mother found out I wrote on paper bags and my shoes and denim binders I chalked stories across sidewalks and penciled tiny tales in notebook margins I loved and still love watching words flower into sentences and sentences blossom into stories.I also told a lot of stories as a child Not Once upon a time stories but basically, outright lies I loved lying and getting away with it There was something about telling the lie story and seeing your friends eyes grow wide with wonder Of course I got in trouble for lying but I didn t stop until fifth grade.That year, I wrote a story and my teacher said This is really good Before that I had written a poem about Martin Luther King that was, I guess, so good no one believed I wrote it After lots of brouhaha, it was believed finally that I had indeed penned the poem which went on to win me a Scrabble game and local acclaim So by the time the story rolled around and the words This is really good came out of the otherwise down turned lips of my fifth grade teacher, I was well on my way to understanding that a lie on the page was a whole different animal one that won you prizes and got surly teachers to smile A lie on the page meant lots of independent time to create your stories and the freedom to sit hunched over the pages of your notebook without people thinking you were strange.Lots and lots of books later, I am still surprised when I walk into a bookstore and see my name on a book s binder Sometimes, when I m sitting at my desk for long hours and nothing s coming to me, I remember my fifth grade teacher, the way her eyes lit up when she said This is really good The way, I the skinny girl in the back of the classroom who was always getting into trouble for talking or missed homework assignments sat up a little straighter, folded my hands on the desks, smiled and began to believe in me.

    674 thoughts on “Hush”

    1. Outstanding Written nearly fifteen years ago, yet this could have happened yesterday Woodson writes the most compelling, believable characters And she approaches her expected reader the young adult with no need to soft pedal or condescend These are real struggles and vital themes, written to include and explore What an incredibly gifted writer.


    2. This is one of those books that I am so glad I decided to pick up Through this novel, Ms Woodson gives us insight into a difficult situation that a family might face that making a major decision can have significant consequences that affect the whole family As the family in this book learns, making a decision to do the right thing does not necessarily give a person peace and might end up causing other problems As a good author of contemporary realistic fiction, Ms Woodson gives us the readers a [...]


    3. There s a lot in this book, and it s very subtly done On the surface, it s about a family that has gone into witness protection, as seen through the viewpoint of the youngest daughter They ve all had to leave everything behind, including many of the things that made up their self identities as people It s also about discovering who you are when your reference points have been ripped away.Note The rest of this review has been withheld due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read why [...]


    4. Snapshot Hush is about a family in Witness Protection after the father, a former cop, testifies in a murder trial The family moves and each member copes with the changes differently Evie, the book s main character, is caught in the web of family drama while trying to figure out what this change means for her.Hook I think students would be intrigued by the idea of a teenager in Witness Protection The book sort of opens up a secret that is enticing Also, Evie s struggle is ultimately uplifting as [...]


    5. This level U book was different than a typical book dealing with a social issue for elementary school students The father, a cop, witnesses a murder of an innocent person by two other police officers, and refuses to go along with the it was in self defense line that the other two give, so the family is forced to go into the Witness Protection Program All this is difficult for the two sisters, mother and father, as they have to readjust their whole lives What I did not care for was the somewhat s [...]


    6. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to the child in a family that enters witness protection I hadn t thought about it, much, before I read Hush by Jacqueline Woodson In this book, the main character Toswiah Green, who has to change her name and becomes Evie Thomas is grappling with leaving the life and friends she loved and coming to a new place Instead of being a member of an ideal family, her family is in crisis The decision to testify has torn her father apart, and ripped throug [...]


    7. first 18 chapters boringlast 9 chapters greatalso, when Jonathan cuts himself with glass, that was soooooo random


    8. Heather StewartAdventureThis is a story about a colored girl named Toswiah whose family gets put into the witness protection program Her father was a police officer who witnessed two other officers shoot an innocent colored boy Her family must leave the home they ve always known and change their names and identities without telling their loved ones The story deals with the consequences of this change and how her whole family is affected I would not have put this in the adventure category it was [...]


    9. Jacqueline Woodson is my most favorite writer She has this beautiful way a telling a story that just captures her readers and listeners I m on a Woodson rampage right now I will read every book she has every written picture books and chapter books alike I think I have read about 25% of her books And I m really enjoying it Can t wait to pick up the others It is my desire to pass her works down to my future genereations just as the classics have been.


    10. The Book Hush, Jacqueline Woodson The Banhammer I honestly can t find the reasons this was banned I mean, I ve looked, but there s nothing I m guessing because it s about a black girl whose family has to deal with racial injustice, and heaven knows we can t have that.My Reaction Okay but this is great I love Hush I love Jacqueline Woodson s books in general, but Hush is definitely one of my favorites Despite that, I don t think I d reread it anytime soon Hush deals with some pretty severe and se [...]


    11. This short, accessible story prompts readers to think about the racial issues the characters live through Showing her poetic background, Woodson weaves prose poetry in the regular narrative to the point you re not sure if you re reading a novel with poetry in it or an entire prose poem It s completely plausible to imagine this book on an assigned reading list provided by a teacher It s even possible to imagine a student deciding he didn t totally hate the reading of it It is difficult, however, [...]


    12. Hush by Jacqueline Woodson is a chapter book intended for readers in third through sixth grade I gave it four stars Evie Thomas and her family are forced to move out of Denver, out of the lives they knew so well Her father, a police officer, had to testify against two of his fellow officers in the shooting of a black boy The testimony leaves the family unsafe and unsettled, as they move out of Denver and assume new identities so they can remain safe after the testimony sends the two officers to [...]


    13. Toswiah Green, an African American 12 year old girl must adapt to many changes in her life Her father, a police officer, testifies against two fellow officers in a murder trial The entire family is forced to enter the witness protection program in order to be safe Toswiah struggles with her new identity, in a new town and school She is stressed out over this difficult situation and the family also undergoes major stress.I can t imagine how hard it must be to leave your friends, family and school [...]


    14. The absolutely raw characters in Woodson has created in this story cannot help but provide pathways for readers to relate to them The narrator s direct involvement of the reader, asking them to put their feet on the cold hardwood floors of their home and to smell the cedar trees around them, engages readers is strong sensory descriptions of the setting As a reader, you cannot help but feel like you re experiencing this warm environment with your narrator This is also why you can t help but feel [...]


    15. This is an entirely beautiful book, and the sort of beauty that leaves you with tears stinging your eyes, and a sense of melancholy, but also promise and hope, all blurred into one incredibly complicated, overpowering emotion I am amazed that the author achieved this, and in so few pages.The story is told through the eyes of a girl She s about twelve years old when her father, a cop, witnesses the murder of a young black boy, by two police officers on duty He makes the difficult decision to test [...]


    16. I do not recommend the audiobook After suffering through the first third, I moved to print Then I began to think it was okay, and by the end, I liked it Heavy topics, interesting symbolism and metaphorical imagery, and a quick read with parts that beg you to linger So far, none of my 6th 8th grade girls and one boy who have chosen it for Battle of the Books have given it than 2 stars, but it s definitely a quality middle school appropriate book, though not popular among its targeted age group, [...]


    17. JACQUELINE WOODSON HAS WRECKED ME AND I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.i kept on having to take breaks from this book because i needed time to recover from each heartbreak this book gave me and wipe the tears from my eyes which Jacqueline woodson writes a story about the daughter of a black cop who witnessed his coworkers murder a black boy back in 2002 and it is fucking brilliant and shqkjDhahakjajqhahshjajleave me on the floor to pieces forever


    18. A well told tale of a family, originally living in Colorado, who move into the witness protection program Difficult on the surface because of leaving friends and family behind and learning to answer to new names This proves to be especially difficult for teenagers.Woodson does a marvelous job to give voice to the concerns of the young women in this story.


    19. Woodson s done it again Hush tells the story of Toswiah Green, and her family s life before and after they go into witness protection Like many of Woodson s books, this is a character driven novel and not plot driven Woodson writes with such emotion the reader is taken on a roller coaster ride as Toswiah and her family figure out life after testifying Lyrical, haunting, beautiful.


    20. This is about how a little girl is telling her story how she had to move and change her identity This story is written in third person view Her grandma had told her mom hush because she is going to see her again one day.


    21. The characterization was realistic Although it says fiction it reads like a real life experience I couldn t help but wonder if it was part of Jacqueline Woodson s life Short book, easy read, in the young adult section But still worth the time.




    22. NOTE Spoilers ahead Toswiah Green lives a happy and almost Edenic life in Denver, Colorado, with her parents and sister But when her policeman father is a witness against some fellow cops who claim to have shot an unarmed black teenager in self defense, the family begins to receive death threats, and they move into the Witness Protection Program What follows is the surprising turn of events that changes Toswiah now Evie and her family forever as they move to a tiny apartment in a large and unnam [...]




    23. Ow Negative stereotypes and distortions abound when Mrs Green Thomas becomes one of Jehovah s Witnesses It s a side plot to the displacement identity loss of disappearing into the Witness protection program that you ve read about in all the other reviews While I admire the author s creative parallel, and, of course, a parent becoming one of Jehovah s Witnesses DOES have disorienting effects on a family, my question for the author is, Fact checked with whom This is a really critical representatio [...]


    24. More focused than some of Woodson s work, but still swimming in the deep waters of race, gender, identity, and religion It reads a bit like a tribute to The Bluest Eye.Jacqueline Woodson is really a genre unto herself, so I offer some comparisons with her other work.Brown Girl Dreaming provides a lot of the biographical background that explains why Woodson would write a book like Hush In Hush, Woodson focuses on feelings of dislocation and struggles with her place as an African American as well [...]


    25. Is this book really almost 15 years old It feels like it could have been published yesterday Toswiah can t go by her real name any Now they call her Evie She can t see her friends or her grandmother She can t go back to her house or her school, or even the city of Denver She lives in a new city, has a new name, and it even feels like she lives with a new family since her parents and sister are all so different in this new place Toswiah and her family have gone into the witness protection program [...]


    26. Everything this author writes is wonderful She is a Newbery honor and medal winner, a winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and Hush is a National Book Award finalist.When Toswiah Green s father does the right thing, the family is suddenly, dramatically turned upside down.As the only black policeman on the force, her father felt accepted and affirmed by his fellow officers When he received an award for outstanding bravery, his co workers applauded and stood by his side.When he witnessed two of [...]


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