Harbor Me

Harbor Me

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"When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, [2018]
ISBN: 9780399252525
Characteristics: 176 pages ; 22 cm


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Outstanding Literary Work, Youth / Teens

2019 NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth and Teens.

This is the story of almost seventh-grader Hayley McGrath and her sixth grade year. In Hayley’s words “Our story begins in Ms. Laverne’s class in the borough of Brooklyn in the city of New York.” It’s a Friday afternoon, and Ms. Laverne has escorted Hayley and her classmates Holly, Esteban, Amari... Read More »

Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2018.

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Dec 28, 2019

Yes, its an 'issue book' aimed at middle grade readers, but it made me feel a lot of feelings, and it's absolutely perfect for starting a book group that mirrors the way the kids in the book get together and talk about their lives. Recommended for schools and supplemental education programs for middle schoolers.

JCLBeckyC Apr 13, 2019

Six "special needs" kids discover that opening up to each other and sharing their stories, even the tough ones, helps them unite in ways no grownups could ever teach them. I love the interview between Jacqueline Woodson and her son, Jackson Leroi Widoff-Woodson at the end of the audiobook.

Jan 28, 2019

A lovely story about the relationships that develop between a small group of children that are given the opportunity to leave class every day and just meet in an empty classroom to talk.

ArapahoeErinR Nov 06, 2018

When you give kids the power to just talk with one another hope is born.

Oct 07, 2018

The power of friendship as six kids with different troubled lives in today's America (parent in prison, dead parent, racial profiling, deportation, etc.) spend a year talking with one another.

LPL_Childrens Oct 03, 2018

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson has done it again! I predict that her latest book "Harbor Me" will receive the same award winning buzz as her other amazing titles have. In "Harbor Me", Ms. Woodson weaves together a moving story of six young people facing challenges of today. The six are put in a classroom specializing in different learning styles. When their compassionate teacher assigns them to a weekly ARTT ( a room to talk} session, they discover they share more similarities than differences. The result is a close knit group that will win your heart. Congratulations on another winner, Ms. Woodson!

Oct 01, 2018

Six Kids in One Room, Once a Week. They are allowed to speak freely without adult intervention. With the addition of Haley's voice recorder, they each tell their stories, share their fears and preserve meaningful moments from their sixth grade year. In 20 years they hope to reunite and enjoy the recordings together and reminisce. Would recommend reading this in a classroom or with your child as there are some blanket statements made that overly simplify (and sometimes distort) current cultural issues. Great springboard for discussion regarding issues like socio-economic differences, bullying, incarceration, racism and the path to citizenship.

JCLEmmaF Jul 06, 2018

Haley knows she's different. She shares a classroom with six others, and when the six are given a classroom to talk alone for one hour a week, no one is thrilled. However, in the ARTT room ("A Room To Talk), the kids begin to open, sharing their stories, and strengthening their bond. A beautiful, poetic book- it made me feel things! Simply put, this is a book about kids and their lives. Specifically, it's a book about freedom, and what it means, within context, for real people today. It's a book about survival and friendship, of honesty and love within brokenness. The kids in Harbor Me are forced to redefine home, and themselves, within a country that repeatedly challenges them. Together, they think and live through deportation and immigration, accents and skin color, incarceration and grief. Important, heartbreakingly honest, and hopeful.

OPL_KrisC May 10, 2018

An honest, heartfelt and timely story about six middle schoolers dealing with a variety of issues (poverty, immigration and deportation, racism and bullying).


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