86 pages 2 hours read

Jacqueline Woodson

Harbor Me

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2018

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Essay Topics


Haley and Holly are best friends, but they have distinct personalities. Define what makes each girl unique, and then explain how friendship encourages each one to grow and develop positively.


Ms. Laverne plays a small but significant role in Harbor Me. Using details from her few spoken lines as well as the comments other characters make about her, describe Ms. Laverne as a character. Why do you think she created the ARTT sessions?


There are several notable fathers referenced in Harbor Me: Haley’s father is incarcerated; Amari’s father attempts to teach him the reality of racial discrimination in the United States; Ashton’s father had to move his family to Brooklyn after losing his job; and immigration officials have detained Esteban’s father. Choose at least two of these fathers. Using the details the novel shares about these characters, describe their commonalities and key differences.