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If things hadn't changed, Charlie wouldn't have been arrested and sent to Rahway Correctional. Ty'ree would have gone to college instead of having to work full-time to support them. And Lafayette wouldn't have all of these questions in his head: Why did their parents have to die? When did Charlie turn into such a stranger? And how are the three of them going to make it through when so much seems to be set against them? With Miracle's Boys, the acclaimed Jacqueline Woodson scores another triumph.

"This compelling novel is . . . reminiscent of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders and That Was Then, This Is Now." (The Horn Book)

"Readers will be caught up in this searing and gritty story . . . An involving novel about a family struggling to remain intact in spite of tremendous obstacles." (Kirkus Reviews)
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on January 1, 2006 by Listening Library
ISBN-10: 0307257665
4 Book Reviews
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  • hughmungus
    hughmungusWednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:17 am11 star
    Miracle's boys is a depressing book about 3 boys who's parents both died. They are all poor, and one of them robbed a candy store with a gun. The book is all slang that has to be read over and over to understand. You shouldn't read this if you were payed.
    • megatron311
      megatron311Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:15 am
      Jacqueline Woodson, The author of Miracle Boys’ tells a story about three kids that are forced to grow up without any parents. Lafayette is one of the main characters. He is determined but also is very curious about his parents deaths. His brother, Tyree is forced to raise 2 other kids to as he is in charge of the house and has to have a job instead of working. It is often in a apartment in New York where they are forced to live in a small rundown room. They live in a poor rundown apartment with their brother, Tyree in charge even though he is 19 because both of their parents died. The story is written in paragraphs with it very descriptive. I like that there are chapters every 7 pages or so. It is not meant to be a very funny book but makes up for its lack of humor with description. One example from the book is, “Brothers is the baddest. Then comes Dominicans. Dominicans don’t mess around. I’m cool with Dominicans though” It shows how throughout the book they are forced to live in unity with each other. Another quote is, “Ty’ree was all right after Mama died. But I was all wrong. The year before, I’d seen this show about snakes. They showed this one snake slipping out of its old skin and then leaving the old skin on the ground behind him. That’s how I felt—like Mama’d been my skin. But I hadn’t grown a new skin underneath, like the snake had. I was just blood and bones spreading all over the place.” This show how Lafayette was still recovering throughout the story from his Mom’s death. Miracle Boy’s has won the Coretta Scott King award for authors. The author, Jacqueline Woodson has won the John Newbery awards for 2 of her other books. Woodson went to Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Miracle Boy’s made me get into the book. It made me feel like I was right there with Lafayette in his journey without his parents. It made me experience what it felt like by putting me in the shoes of someone without parents.
      • 446737
        446737Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 9:03 am
        Jacqueline Woodson, the author of Miracle’s boys, is a very well written award winning book that takes its readers on an emotional journey. The main characters of this story are Ty'ree, Charlie or NewCharlie, and Lafayette who all live in Washington heights, Manhattan. The main plot of this story is that Ty'ree, Charlie or NewCharlie, and Lafayette's parents died so the eldest brother Ty'ree had to take on a full time job to support them. This isn't the kind of book I like but if you like dramatic medium paced books then I would definitely recommend this one. Want to know more? Then pick this book up at your closest library and go on an emotional journey with Ty'ree, Charlie or NewCharlie, and Lafayette.
        • 458764
          458764Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 8:56 am55 stars
          I honestly didn't have much interest in this book but once i started reading i kinda started to make sense. The miracle´s boys is about three young brothers who mother and father had just passed away so now they have to learn how to live on their own, They face so many rough challenges but manage to come back together and stand tall and strong. Their may be some good days and their are some ad but these boys know how to take control and get through it together as a family.