(2) 4-6 Twelve-year-old Toswiah relates the devastating story of how her middle-class, African-American family was forced to enter the federal witness protection program after her father testified against two fellow cops who killed an innocent boy. Woodson tells a story of people torn apart by grief who eventually find a way to leave their sorrow in the past; her poetic, low-key yet vivid writing style conveys the story's atmosphere of quiet intensity.


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