My reviewrating: 4 of 5 stars
This epistolary novel is written by Lonnie (aka "Locomotion") to his sister Lili - both are foster children, raised apart after their parents died in a Christmas-time fire.
Locomotion feels real: his language, his emotions, his 12-year-old-ness. Lili is more of a cipher, because you only see her through his eyes (and on rare occasions at that). My first thought was that they were never going to meet, and luckily I was wrong. Miss Edna, his foster mother, has two sons, one of whom gets injured fighting (Iraq? Afghanistan?). Again, the reactions to his coming home felt real.
I think boys will enjoy this, despite the conceit of the letter writing.
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