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If You Come Softly [Library Binding]

Jacqueline Woodson
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22 Jun 2006
Both Elisha (Ellie) and Jeremiah (Miah) attend Percy Academy, a private school where neither quite fits in. Ellie is wrestling with family demons, and Miah is one of the few African American students. The two of them find each other, and fall in love -- but they are hesitant to share their newfound happiness with their friends and families, who will not understand. At the end, life makes the brutal choice for them: Jeremiah is shot and killed, and Ellie now has to cope with the consequences..
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  • Library Binding: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (22 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417748842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417748846
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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"Woodson handles delicate, even explosive subject matter with exceptional clarity, surety and depth. In this contemporary story about an interracial romance... lyrical prose draws the audience into the tenderness of young love, [and] perceptive comments about race and racism will strike a chord." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She now writes full-time and has recently received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. Her other awards include a Newbery Honor, two Coretta Scott King awards, two National Book Award finalists, and the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize. Although she spends most of her time writing, Woodson also enjoys reading the works of emerging writers and encouraging young people to write, spending time with her friends and her family, and sewing. Jacqueline Woodson currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why amazon? 8 July 2010
I loved this book, it was great! So why are Amazon spoiling the ending for everyone, plus giving a rubbish review of what the book is about. I'm just glad I read the book before looking at the description. Shame on you amazon.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving 23 Dec 2007
You know when you have one of those friends that's reading a really good book and tells you everything about it, that's what happened to me with this book. Then she reached the end and cried. She gave it to me and i read it in a day, and although i knew most of the book anyway it still moved me and now we both still talk about the book 3 years on. This book is to good to describe. YOU NEEED TO READ THIS BOOK. You will never be the same again!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply memorable 26 April 2012
By Annie
I read this book many years back and have not forgotten it since. I distinctly remember the heartbreak and tears it caused me. I strongly encourage people of all ages to read it. In my opinion it's the kind of book that belongs on a required reading list.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadness and happiness, all in one 26 Aug 2000
By A Customer
I read this book on one day, because I couldn't stop reading. It's one of the best books on earth!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to issues of race and relationships 21 Nov 1999
By Bakari Chavanu - Published on Amazon.com
I've recommened this book for my students to read because I think it provides a love story woven together with much needed insights about race, racism, and personal relationships. Woodson writes about these issues critically without being preachy.
It would be a great to teach this work at the 7-9th grade level, for often students will miss the subtle points the author is making about race and racism.
I look forward to more books like this being written.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Book To Ever Make Me Cry 6 Oct 2000
By brittany - Published on Amazon.com
If You Come Softly has to be the best book I have ever read. I am a freshman in high school. I was the first person in my class to read it. This book really touched me. A lot of my friends say that they are in love but after reading this book they changed their minds. Miah and Ellie really LOVED each other. I don't think that I will ever find love like that. There is someone out there for everyone they just happened to be of a different race. I think this book should be required for freshman in high school to read. They would really enjoy it. I know I did!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Cow! 3 Mar 2005
By Charmaine O'Neil - Published on Amazon.com
I can't believe it. I picked up this novel after some silly english test and was just using it to pass the time during that class period. Well, i ended up falling in love with it. Swift, just like Ellie and Miah. Who would have guessed?

Ellie and Miah are High School sophmores going to Percy Academy together. When they literally collide into each other in the hall. cliche but it worked, quite well actually. They meet and have the sweetest romance ever. GOSH i wish i could find a guy willing to take me to the park and ask to kiss me. Then hold my hand...*sigh*

The author does an excellent job of portraying the prejudice that most of us have when we see an interracial couple walking hand-in-hand. But the prejudice doesnt stifle the love between Eliie and Miah, and that is more important and a stronger aspect of the book.

The end is tragic. I cannot and will not tell you, a potential reader, the outcome of the book. Needless to say that i cried, and when a novel can make someone cry, then it is definately worth the time it takes.

It took me 2 days to finish. Even if your a slow reader, it will not take long.

Please Read and Enjoy.

Yours Truly
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book! 19 July 2000
By Julie Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
I read about this book in an article. So i decided to check it out. Well i thought the book was so wonderful and enlighting. You got envolved with the characters and there story line. For all you who love tear-jerkers this book has it,but thats not what the book is about. It really opened my mind and made me see things a little different.No matter what race you are it will make u think a little different. The main theme is a girl whos white and jewish and a boy who black. They run with a momnet and end up falling in love. I think everyone will love this book.
Its hard to put it down once you get going. I really enjoyed reading this and i think u will too. It really touched me!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath Taking 4 Dec 2004
By Miss Opinionated - Published on Amazon.com
If You Come Softly is an outstanding novel that Woodson delivers beautifully, and will leave you pondering a question when you near the conclusioin, as to why the world looks upon love and race so negatively. Many in the world feel that relationships need to stay in the race and no one should ever date outside the race. But isn't change good? Woodson delivers the topic of racial differences and love in a modest yet eye-opening manner.

Woodson depicts two characters Jeremiah and Elisha who are of a different ethnic background, but are drawn to each because of their love for one another.

As Jeremiah and Elisha struggle with the similarites and differences they are facing such as school,getting prepared for college, how to express their feelings for each other, and how to deal with what the world sees as "not appropiate" , they find out that despite their racial differences they are very much alike.

Jeremiah and Elisha discover they attend the same high school unwillingly, and find out that there is more to a person than just judging them from what they see on the outside, or by their color. Spending more time together initiates a relationship, and they fall in love. Now this is more than just your typical fairytail ending, the conclusion is what really takes your breath away and if you had to wipe a tear from your eye, join the club.

If You Come Softly goes beyond the notion of two teenagers falling in love with each other in high school, but expresses the emotional issues that they have to deal with digging deeper into what really goes on in a relationship. Woodson leaves you astounded and makes you ponder about the real issues facing todays society.

Do not hesitate to read this novel over and over again, and if this is your first time hearing of If You Come Softly, place this on your Winter or Summer reading list, because Woodson delivers this piece outstandingly!
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