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Harbor Me

Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Jacqueline Woodson's first middle-grade novel since National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming celebrates the healing that can occur when a group of students share their stories. 

It all starts when six kids have to meet for a weekly chat - by themselves, with no adults to listen in. There, in the room they soon dub the ARTT Room (short for "A Room to Talk"), they discover it's safe to talk about what's bothering them - everything from Esteban's father's deportation and Haley's father's incarceration to Amari's fears of racial profiling and Ashton's adjustment to his changing family fortunes. When the six are together, they can express the feelings and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. And together, they can grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.

Cast of narrators: 

  • N’Jameh Camara, as Haley
  • Jose Carrera, as Tiago 
  • Dean Flanagan, as AshtonAngel
  • Romero, as Esteban
  • Toshi Widoff-Woodson, as Holly
  • Mikelle Wright-Matos, as Amari
  • and also featuring the author, Jacqueline Woodson, as Ms. Laverne. 
©2018 Jacqueline Woodson (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

“Woodson celebrates all that is essential and good for humanity - compassion, understanding, security, and freedom - in this touching novel.... Woodson’s skills as poet and master storyteller shine brightly here as she economically uses language to express emotion and delve into the hearts of her characters. Showing how America’s political and social issues affect children on a daily basis, this novel will leave an indelible mark on readers’ minds.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“Woodson delivers a powerful tale of community and mutual growth. The bond they develop is palpable.... The characters ring true as they discuss issues both personal and global. This story, told with exquisite language and clarity of narrative, is both heartbreaking and hopeful. An extraordinary and timely piece of writing.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“The magic is in the writing. Woodson tells stories torn from headlines but personalizes them with poetry and memories, blunting their trauma with understanding and love. Haley’s history weaves in and out, drawing readers close. These children become each other's safe harbors and Woodson brilliantly shows readers how to find the connections we all need." (Booklist, starred review)

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Great for the family!

We just finished this with our 10 year old. Some items were hard to listen to with him, but. I think harder for me then him. I think it was me wanting to “shelter” him from our, at times, harsh world. He really enjoyed it! Great job!

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A masterwork of empathy

Now that I've listened to it, I'm planning to use it with my sixth graders. An excellent book.

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  • Roynetta
  • Aurora, CO, United States
  • 01-18-19

Fabulous read!!!

I absolutely love Jacqueline Woodson!! And this book is a wonderful story of building a community.

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  • T. Golden
  • Bay Area, California USA
  • 12-02-18

I really enjoy Jacqueline Woodson's work!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The full cast was a bonus. moving story, timely issues. Great writing.

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Great book!

I originally began reading this book as a coach of Battle of the Books. But this is a great book for kids! I will definitely be teaching this book for small groups.

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