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The House You Pass on the Way ➳ [Read] ➮ The House You Pass on the Way By Jacqueline Woodson ➾ – A lyrical coming of age story from a three time Newbery Honor winning authorThirteen year old Staggerlee used to be called Evangeline but she took on a fiercer name She's always been different set apa You Pass PDF Ì A lyrical coming of age story from a three time Newbery Honor winning authorThirteen year old Staggerlee used to be called Evangeline but she took on a fiercer name She's always been House You Pass on the PDF \ different set apart by the tragic deaths of her grandparents in an anti civil rights bombing by her parents' interracial marriage and by her family's retreat from the world This summer she has a new reason to feel set apart her confused longing for her friend Hazel When cousin Trout comes to stay she gives Staggerlee The House PDF \ a first glimpse of her possible future selves and the world beyond childhood.

10 thoughts on “The House You Pass on the Way

  1. Amanda Amanda says:

    Snapshot Set in the rural South this book is the story of Staggerlee a 14 year old girl who is searching for her own identity while also attempting to understand her complicated family legacy Staggerlee is caught between worlds in terms of race her mother is white and her father is black in a mostly black community and in terms of sexual orientation Staggerlee is trying to come to terms with being gay A visit from a cousin who seems to understand her enables Staggerlee her own awakeningHook This book is fundamentally about gaining the strength to be yourself a theme most teenagers can relate to Woodson's language is gripping precise and honest and offers Staggerlee a powerful voice of discovery The books is a short read so students might like it for that But anyone going through the hard work of figuring herself out would find an ally and a comfort in Staggerlee's storyChallenges While the language is beautiful and poetic I think Woodson's novel would be challenging for beginnerintermediate level ESL students There is a great amount of American historical context for a student to understand the family legacy thread of the book race interracial marriage in the South the 1960s American civil rights movement and cultural attitudes toward homosexualityStudents in mind Specifically students working through sexual orientation identity issues More broadly I think many teenagers who feel out of place alone and isolated through puberty would appreciate the themes of this book I think it would be most appropriate for strong English language readers who would be able to benefit from the nuances of voice and language in the book I also think this book is appropriate for girls; I'm not sure most boys would hold interest for long Conference notes How do you think Staggerlee's family's background contributes to her confusion about who she is? What do you think Staggerlee learns through her relationship with Trout? Do you think Staggerlee would encounter similar issues if she lived somewhere else? What are the attitudes toward homosexuality where you come from?Level High School advanced readers in English

  2. Lawral Lawral says:

    I'm always amazed by how uickly I get sucked in to Jacueline Woodson's books The House You Pass on the Way is barley over 100 pages and yet it is full of growth a well rounded cast of characters and so much emotion It even covers enough time to be both a little bluesy and a little hopeful at the same time It's the perfect book for a rainy afternoonStaggerlee is kind of a loner and for the most part she likes it that way It gives her space to think and to play her music In a town that is mostly Black her mother is white The statue in the center of town is of her grandparents and it marks Staggerlee and the rest of her family as special something her classmates see as better than Also we find out early on Staggerlee was in love in a sixth grade kind of way with her ex best friend Hazel She has no words to describe the feeling she had for Hazel but she knows she should keep them a secret She feels different and out of place in her small townAnd this is where Staggerlee's cousin Trout comes in They understand each other in ways than they could have predicted at the beginning of their summer together They spend that crazy transformative summer between middle school and high school together and they each gain from the other the strength to figure out who they really may be Though the circumstances may not be universal Staggerlee's feeling of being on the outside is something just about everyone has experienced at one time or another and her friendship with Trout the way it helps Staggerlee to define herself and the vulnerability that creates is beautifully rendered in the text Even though The House You Pass on the Way can be read as an overall sad book the melancholy is never overwhelming And the writing oh the writing is so lyrical emotional and just plain gorgeousBook source Philly Free Library

  3. Amanda Childs Amanda Childs says:

    JAUELINE WOODSON CATEGORYContains homosexual themesThe daughter of mixed race parents in an all black southern town Staggerlee has learned to avoid curious or deriding neighbors by keeping uietly to herself She spends most of her time walking her dog by the river alone Though she longs for a friend she feels alienated at school because her once close friend Hazel has tuned the other girls against her Secretly Trout knows she and Hazel shared than friendship having had an experience kissing in a field of flowers before the girls entered high school But after Hazel's rejection Staggerlee struggles to know what kind of girl she is and to understand her own budding sexuality When Stagerlee's cousin Trout comes to stay and shares that she too is struggling to know if she is gay or not the two girls form a strong friendship But when Trout goes home again and then slowly drifts away from Staggerlee the protagonist is left reeling wondering how she will deal with the changes in her life I hated this book My reasons are listed below1 It's too short The plot is totally underdeveloped and little is developed or resolved within the family relationships presented There is a sub plot about Staggerlee's grandparents having been famous civil rights activists and entertainers and their activism is freuently referenced but never fleshed out It seems like a needless side plot that is never fully realized As is the segment about Staggerlee's struggles with her siblings and her mom's apparent poor mental and physical health 2 The theme of discovering one's sexuality is poorly played out Indeed the book seems to advance labels at an unhealthily early age 13 14 with a poorly defined gay meaning you've liked kissing someone of the same sex Moreover Staggerlee's emotions are never fully explained Is she reeling from the loss of friends? Or is she struggling because she thinks she's gay or both? The book never explains3 Trout's character is flat Yes she later decides she's not gay but why? And why do we care? Because there is no real character development in her and all her change occurs off stage we don't have any real reason as readers to care about her change at all 4 There are no real resolutions in the book Plus the story starts awkwardly from the beginning with Staggerlee seeking some understanding in a church and then wondering if she's betrayed Trout How is this possible? From the reader's perspective Trout is the one doing the betraying to some degree but the author has the story end with her confused and lonely than everOverall this book seems to be a lesson in confusion–as a teen and even so as a writer It feels stuck together and poorly developed Almost like a concept piece than a novel If a student is struggling with their sexuality or wants to read a book with homosexual themes I'd point them elsewhere There are other books that deal with these subjects much much better

  4. Josiah Josiah says:

    And freedom? Oh freedom Well that's just some people talking Your prison is walking through this world all alone —The House You Pass on the Way What did it sound likehaving someone call your name across a crowded school yard? How did it feel to turn to the sound of your name to see some smiling face or waving hand and know it was for you and you alone? —Staggerlee The House You Pass on the Way P 43 From before I even read page one of this book I was drawn into it by the powerful uiet lyricism that hides within all of Jacueline Woodson's words I perhaps have never been so attracted to the style of a writer as I am to that of Jacueline Woodson Each time I have read one of her superbly crafted stories I once again find myself falling in love with the potential variances within the English language and the power that such words have to charm and to wrap up one's life with that of another person Such is the case in The House You Pass on the Way Jacueline Woodson uietly tackles issues that are painful and jarring but in a smooth style that is SO good that the thoughts and experiences of Staggerlee and Tyler are as resounding as if they were our own Perhaps that is because they ARE our own laced so inseparably with the feelings of sadness that all of us have experienced that they can be powerfully and universally felt by all who have felt rejection of any kind This book largely defies synopsis and I will not try to go into an in depth analysis of what happens The House You Pass on the Way is one of the powerful books that I have read in uite a while and I can only shake my head in awe at the never faltering writing ability of the one the only Jacueline Woodson I have all this stuff—all these thoughts going on inside me and they all seem so—so dangerous —Tyler The House You Pass on the Way P 95 If I loved someone enough I would go anywhere in the world with them —Staggerlee P 89

  5. Adiafaith Adiafaith says:

    There really aren’t enough words to describe how beautiful how moving and how vital this story is I looked to see when this book came out and it was in 1997 when I was 17 years old By that point I had already fled my birth family’s home and at that age I already had enough confirmation to know that within my birth family being ueer was not and would never be okay But when I think back to age 13 and 14 the age of Staggerlee and Trout I remember that sense of trying to figure out who I was what my skin color meant to who I was and what all of these feelings stirring inside of me meant There’s an excitement with that first kiss or when a friend that happens to be a girl smiles at you leans in or touches you in a way that ignites those little butterflies in the belly There was such a beauty in watching Staggerlee discover that and then a devastation in knowing that others starting with her family may ascribe an “ugliness” or a “wrongness” to these beautiful and new emotions developing within her That knowing was intensified in Staggerlee because as young person of color she’d already received ugly messages from society about her skin color This was where I have nothing but praise for this author in being able to deeply explore the complexities of identity and how does a young person become who they are and understand who they are when they are constantly being assigned identities and told which identities are “right” versus “wrong” “beautiful” versus “ugly” or “acceptable” versus “unacceptable” The feelings of isolation that go with that exploration of oneself as well as that deep sense of wanting to belong connect and be accepted were profound throughout this story and repeatedly brought me to tears There’s no happily ever after or happily for right now ending in this – we see two young people veer in different paths For Staggerlee her path involves trying to be true to who she is while trying to gain acceptance and for Trout her path involves the silencing of who she is to hold on to some semblance of acceptance There was a part of me that really wanted this story to be longer – to maybe see Staggerlee and Trout come to a place where they can develop into who they are – but I also understood how honest this ending was and that the author was really giving me a story not on the development of these two people but on the part of the journey they’re taking towards that development

  6. Rajesh Bookrider Rajesh Bookrider says:

    I like this book very much It has barely 100 pages but it contain full of emotions and eager want to read furtherStaggerlee a 14 year old girl who is a main and adorable character in this book is on to find her identity She has not any best friend at school until her cousin Trout come to visit for summer vacation Trout is beautiful and has a soft even voice Staggerlee and Trout become best friend and they share their personal secret and along this there is family matters blackwhite debate some emotional situations which make your eyes wet Also conversation and the way nature described arouse an eager want to read next and next pageWhen I finished this book I was unsatisfied because I wanted to read about Staggerlee I Trout make you mind blow by the latter she wrote to Staggerlee it is the game chenger letter I must say this is my favorite book for this month Jacueline Woodson's writing style is very simple to understand as well as full of depth of knowledge That's why I'm giving 55 stars

  7. Ruthie Ruthie says:

    “I know what I am” Trout narrowed her eyes smirking “What are you?” It was a test Staggerlee knew One she had had to take a thousand times Choose a side Trout was saying Black or white “I’m me That’s all” this book did for me what i think aristotle dante did for most other people it was short and uick but it was uietly beautiful and provocative staggerlee is fourteen years old and she is struggling she has no friends girls at school think she's stuck up because her grandparents died during a civil rights riot and have been idolized for it in their small town not to mention that her parents inherited their money and i believe? their house her mother is one of only a handful of white people in their predominantly black town and is naturally shy and closed off which also leads staggerlee's classmates to believe she as well as her mother have a chip on their shoulder on top of that staggerlee knows she's different and the one girl she could have confided in abandons her and eventually moves awaystaggerlee's loneliness changes when her cousin tyler AKA trout whom she's never met comes to visit trout stays the entire summer and the two girls are inseparable as someone who grew up playing with my cousins this felt particularly special to me partway through the summer staggerlee and her cousin confess the same secret they like girls they've told almost no one before now and their secret brings them closer together till the summer ends and it kind of falls aparti did think the ending to this was the weakest part i expected a reunion of some kind between trout and staggerlee and i thought the ending was too abrupt but i liked the explanation trout gave for ghosting her not that that term existed in the nineties when this is set and thought it made sense it would have been nice to have exploration into trout's bisexuality but i do understand that this slice of life sort of novella was intended to end on an unsure note neither staggerlee nor trout are sure of their identity; they're only fourteen and they still have a lot to learnoverall i thought this was honestly pretty beautiful i know i used that word already but it's the only word that's coming to mind i wish this had been just a tiny bit longer and fleshed out but i appreciate the open ending and the themes presented throughout despite the fact that this takes place in the nineties or eighties? i'm honestly not sure the writing and the descriptions of this uiet southern town gave it this lovely timeless feel and i want to thank jacueline woodson for writing such a genuine and heartfelt portrayal of discovering sexuality way back in 1997 I think somewhere inside of me I’ll always be Trout But I’m Tyler too The way you used to say about being both black and white—I’m both and all of it

  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    Thank goodness for Jacueline Woodson In The House You Pass on the Way she has written a lovingly understated story of identity and family As a young teenager Staggerlee is seeking answers and understanding and relationship trying to figure out who she is and her place in the world big uestions for anyone As the biracial daughter of a Black father and a white mother living in a nearly all Black Southern small town she has spent her entire life living the legacy of racism and its conseuences in the real life experiences of her own family And as she steps into womanhood she is trying to understand what it means to be a woman and how to deal with complex uestions about her own sexuality rolling around within her Enter Trout Staggerlee's adopted cousin from Balti sent by their long estranged family to stay with Staggerlee's family for the summer The girls' relationship becomes a context for both of them to think together about the difficult uestions of their lives I think books like this are much needed for young audiences There are so many young people who can relate to Staggerlee whether because they identify as biracial are uestioning their sexuality or because they feel like an outsider The book is an advocate for allowing oneself to just be exactly who you are without necessarily needing labels or boxes by which to define oneself And I appreciate the complexity of the ending I find it realistically complex There are no easy answers or perfect endings in life But there is growth In addition the story isn't heavy handed I feel as if it gives young readers just what they need without giving them too muchHowever I don't really see the need for the preface chapter I found it confusing and think it detracted from my own reading of the story And I'm not really sure what the book's title has to do with the story itselfAll in all A solidly uality read

  9. Sally Kruger Sally Kruger says:

    I'm me That's all That's the attitude that helped Staggerlee get by in a small Southern town called Sweet Gum Her grandparents were famous entertainers and after their tragic deaths there was a memorial erected in their honor But even famous ancestors didn't make up for the fact that Staggerlee and her siblings were the product of a mixed race marriageHer daddy was black like most of the people in Sweet Gum but her mama was one of only a handful of white people Staggerlee didn't mind who she was at least not until she entered middle school Known as a loner she wasn't bothered by her biracial heritage but rather by a deeper feeling that began with the onset of puberty Staggerlee was interested in girls than in boys A surprise kiss with Hazel in a field of blue cornflowers thrilled her beyond beliefHoping she had discovered a kindred soul Staggerlee was devastated when Hazel's reaction to their encounter was to shun her and join up with the other popular kids leaving Staggerlee alone once Happily the summer between middle school and high school brought an unexpected visitor A long lost cousin was sent to visit Sweet Gum for the summer holiday It didn't take the two girls long to discover they had in common than being cousins For the first time Staggerlee felt she had a true friendThree time Newbery Honor author Jacueline Woodson published this book in 1997 Although it doesn't seem that long ago to this seasoned reader Woodson's story holds up well and should be of value to today's teen readers THE HOUSE YOU PASS ON THE WAY is worth checking out as a middle grade read for those uestioning their place in the world around them

  10. Ab Ab says:

    A uick read but uite interesting The racial issues along with the uestioning of sexuality as 14 year olds makes for a fairly intelligent story I'm glad I read itp5 Again again she had searched through the photo albums Again again she saw the pictures of Evangeline Ian pretty smiling baby As she grew older that smiling baby girl became her own tiny burden She was the good child the happy one The one that never needed never asked for anything never caused any troublep6 But Mama was than 'white' She was Mama uiet easygoing She kept to herself When she smiled her whole face brightened tiny dimples showed at the edge of her lips Why as white the word that hung on people's lips? At school when the kids talked about her mama they whispered the word or said 'Your mama's white ' and it sounded loud ugly like something was wrong with Mama And if something was wrong with Mama then that meant that something was wrong with all of them Some evenings they would sit out on the porch laughing carrying on Those evenings they were not black or white or interracial They were just a family on a porch laughing making music And when people asked her what it felt like to be both black and white she didn't have an answer for themp54 It was the kind of beautiful you couldn't put a finger on Separately all the parts of Tyler's face didn't add up to anything But together they were beautiful

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