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Jacqueline Woodson

Harbor Me

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2018

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Harbor Me

  • Genre: Fiction; middle grade realistic
  • Originally Published: 2018
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 630L; grades 5-8
  • Structure/Length: 40 chapters; approx. 192 pages; approx. 3 hours, 50 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Six fifth-graders with a variety of learning needs attend a Brooklyn school. They are permitted to spend the last hour of each school day in a room together just to talk. They open up to each other on a range of topics, including the fear of being deported, police violence, and racism.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Family members imprisoned or in detention for immigration status; deportation; discussion of racism and police violence; bullying

Jacqueline Woodson, Author

  • Bio: Born in 1963 in Ohio; lives in Brooklyn, NY; author of almost 30 books for young and adult readers; Young People’s Poet Laureate (2015-2017); won the National Book Award for Brown Girl Dreaming (2014) and the Newbery Honor for Show Way (2005), Feathers (2007), and After Tupac & D Foster (2008), among many other awards
  • Other Works: Hush (2002); Brown Girl Dreaming (2014); Another Brooklyn (2016); Before the Ever After (2020)
  • Awards: Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (finalist; 2018); Boston Globe Best Middle Grade Books (2018)

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit:

  • Maturation and Childhood
  • Discovering a Sense of Belonging
  • Storytelling and Personal Identity