Beneath a Meth Moon: Book summary and reviews of Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson

Beneath a Meth Moon

by Jacqueline Woodson

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Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
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Laurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she's still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. Laurel's new life is going well, with a new best friend, a place on the cheerleading squad, and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for a boyfriend. Yet Laurel is haunted by voices and memories from her past.

When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she immediately falls under its spell, loving the way it erases, even if only briefly, her past. But as she becomes alienated from her friends and family, she becomes a shell of her former self, and longs to be whole again. With help from an artist named Moses and her friend Kaylee, she's able to begin to rewrite her story and start to move on from her addiction.

Incorporating Laurel's bittersweet memories of life before and during the hurricane, this is a stunning novel by one of our finest writers. Jacqueline Woodson's haunting - but ultimately hopeful - story is beautifully told and one readers will not want to miss.

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"Starred Review. A moving, honest and hopeful story." - Kirkus

"Starred Review. ...Woodson maintains tension throughout, making it abundantly clear how easy it is to succumb to meth and how difficult it is to recover from it." - Publishers Weekly

"This is must read for teens but also for those of us who work with and care about them. Woodson's lyricism and use of interlocking flashbacks in this first person narrative does not sugarcoat the addiction, its effects, or the aftermath." - Reading.org

"Beneath a Meth Moon is a hard book to read, because it is all so real; it's easy to imagine this young girl on the street and addicted. ...Woodson doesn't give anyone any reason to have romantic illusions about what it is like to be an addict... [she] does, however, give the reader hope." - The Examiner

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Natalie

Life-changing
I am a 15 year old sophomore going through a very difficult and trying part of my life. I see the most addicted visions of myself, knowing that I am capable of doing something terrible like meth. This book changed and helped my life in so many ways. Woodson changed my life. I am so thankful to have writers like this that can effect who I am and help me to be a better person. Who I am can be changed at any moment and I have the power to either pull myself back up or keep going down. Laurel pulled her self back up, because she always had the power. And I have it in me too. Thank you Woodson for changing my life.

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Jacqueline Woodson Author Biography

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Jacqueline Woodson is the bestselling author of more than two dozen award-winning books including the 2016 New York Times-bestselling National Book Award finalist for adult fiction, Another Brooklyn. Among her many accolades, Woodson is a four-time National Book Award finalist, a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a two-time NAACP Image Award Winner, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award Winner. Her New York Times-bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, received the National Book Award in 2014. Woodson is also the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and recipient of the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. In 2015, she was named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She lives with her family in New...

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