86 pages 2 hours read

Jacqueline Woodson

Harbor Me

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2018

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Chapters 31-34Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Chapter 31 Summary

In class after Christmas vacation, Ashton looks longingly at the expensive shoes Holly received as a gift and compares them to his own cheap, discount-store shoes. Holly protests when Amari calls her “a rich girl” (137). Haley thinks about Kira’s mother, who wanted Holly to appreciate the expensive shoes. Haley realizes that Holly often gets what she wants, but she also thinks of Holly as a generous person. For instance, she often asks her mother to get things for Haley, too, so that they can share. Amari and Holly bicker back and forth about the shoes, which makes Haley realize that Amari cares what Holly thinks of him.

Holly makes the point that no one can choose the life they are born into, and tells her friends that she’d give the shoes to any of her friends that asked. Tiago reminds everyone that Ms. Laverne wanted them to grow closer in the ARTT room, not argue with each other. Amari promises not to call Holly a rich girl anymore, and everyone agrees that they’re all friends.