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Jacqueline Woodson

Middle Grade/Young Adult

book cover of Hush


When she is twelve, Toswiah and her older sister Cameron have to leave the place they’ve always known, change their identities and leave no trace of their past life. Toswiah becomes Evie. Her sister becomes Anna. In the new city, they have to reinvent themselves and figure out how to move on when just about everything they ever loved is behind them.

Where it takes place:

Denver, Colorado and an unnamed city in the United States.

Where I wrote it:

In Brooklyn and in Bennington, Vermont.

Why I wrote it:

I read an article about the Witness Protection Program and it fascinated me. I kept asking myself “What if….”

  • National Book Award Finalist
  • 2003 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • School Library Journal Best Book
  • 2002 Booklist Editor’s Choice
  • 2003 New York Public Libraries Books for the Teen Age
  • Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year (“Today” category / 12 & up)
  • 2003 Riverbank Review Children’s Books of Distinction Short list
  • 2003-2004 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List
  • 2003-2004 Maine Student Book Award Master List
  • 2002 Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Adult Top 40 Nominees
  • 2004-2005 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Nominee (Grades 6-8) (children’s choice award for Minnesota)
  • 2005 Garden State Teen Book Award Nominee (NJ)
Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for adults, children, and adolescents. She is best known for her National Book Award-Winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. Her picture books The Day You Begin and The Year We Learned to Fly were NY Times Bestsellers. After serving as the Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress for 2018–19. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2020. Later that same year, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.