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That's the question that everyone in the Green family asks: Officer Jonathan Green, who has seen a black teenager with a bright future murdered by white police friends he's worked with for 15 years, seems to not be able to get past that question. Did he do the right thing by testifying against his friends and yanking his family away from the home they've loved and the lives they've made? As he searches for the answers to these questions, he slips farther and farther away from his family. Shirley Green, his wife, copes by grabbing onto a religion that threatens to send her husband and daughters running in the opposite direction. Cameron, the oldest daughter, DOES find a way to run in a direction that is away from the way her family has become - sad, detached, achy for who they have been and unsure of who they are now. And Toswiah, the youngest daughter, finds herself "running for her life" as her track coach says. How does the family manage to pick up the pieces of their lives that were shattered by a senseless, violent act? Read the book and find out.
The descriptions make me want to love this book - the color of each person's skin, the way the mother's hands knead the bread, the thought of having no floor to stand on. These are all wonderful. The gradual development of Toswiah/Evie into her own person is also nice, although I thought she had it pretty much together, even at the start. There isn't much action in this book, and sometimes I felt like the book's plot was over, even before the book had really started. You knew the family had to go into hiding; you knew the mother turned to religion. But the descriptive characteristics of each person carry a lot of the story along. They are worth savoring.
Hush. One word that can mean so many things. A loving husband, father, and black cop witnessed two white cops murder a young, helpless black boy. Does he stay hushed to ensure the safety of him and his family, or speak out against the officers wrongdoings to ensure justice in society? This cop decides to admit he was a witness to the crime and let the town know that there are two murderers that are supposed to be protecting them. Since he says this pubicly, he threatens his and his family's lives. They then have to join the Witness Protection Program and change their names and move to a different city. Everything that they had lived for up to that point was gone. Their lives had completely changed. Toswiah and Cameron Green, now Evie and Anna Thomas, have to stay hushed about what happened to them and their family, and their past life. They have to learn to respond to their new names, and to forget about friends, family, and treasured objects that were left behind. They have to completely change their lives, all for their safety. All though it is hard at first, they get used to it, and become accustomed to their new life style and ways of living.
This powerful novel traces the life of a young girl, Toswiah, whose father testifies in court against fellow police officers so she and her family must enter into a witness protection program. The four of them are stripped of their home, their possessions, their beloved family and friends, and their names. Toswiah says, "all that you have is your soul" because she sees now that everything else in life can be taken away from you. As the youngest in the family, Toswiah not only struggles with her own loss of identity but has to watch her sister and both parents become people she does not recognize once their present and futures are taken away from them. Her life is a daily struggle, dealing with her devastated family and coping on her own in a new city and new school. Her sense of sadness, loss of confidence, and loneliness are wonderfully portrayed by the author. Through Toswiah's observations we see how much our lives in the present are inextricably linked to our past and our plans for the future and how important the identity we create is essential to our sense of self. Woodson's thought provoking novel teaches us through Toswiah and her family teach us what it would be like to have our identities, our pasts, and our futures all taken away forever. This is a great novel geared towards young adults but adults will enjoy it as well.
The main character Toswiah Green lives in Denver with her sister and parents. Her father is a police officer, her mother is a house wife and she reads the bible all the time, and her sister is a student. Toswiah's father witnessed a murder and it caused him and the rest of the family to move. The murder that was witnessed was by two fellow officers. The father testified against the fellow officers and they denied that they did not commit the murder until the evidence was found and shown that they did commit the murder. The family ends up moving to another place. As they moved they had to change their identity. The mother started teaching while the father was jobless. At the beginning of the book, it was interesting because it was a turning the page novel. When it reached the ending it wasn't a real good ending because, it left the reader not knowing what's going to happen next. The novel needed a continuation to it.
Toswiah Green was an energtic 13 year old, having fun in Denver with her bestfriend Lula. He was fine, until her father had to testify against his two fellow cops. Now everything has just dissappeared. Her name is no longer Toswiah Green it is Evie Thomas. She has no clue who she is. She doesn't even know these people tyhat use to be her family. Her father sits at the window eating oatmeal all day, her mother is so into the Bible, and her sister is drowning in books. She has no confidence, no one to talk to, no friends, she just has no soul. This book teally captured the way Toswiah felt about hidding in th ewitness protection program. I would recommend this to young adults.
This novel is about a black family. There are 2 girls and 2 parents.Cameron and Toswiah are the 2 girls. Cameron is a cheerleader and Toswiah is an athlete. Therefore the father witnessed a crime scene and was forced to start a new life in a new place with a new name. Cameron is now Anna and Toswiah is now Evie. Evie experiences a new life at her new shool and even found someone named Toswiah. They become good friends. The mom becomes a Jehovah's Witness and the father stares out the window all day. I reccomend this book to to all people because people should know what its like to start a new life.
IMAGINE IF YOUR PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE WAS TAKEN AWAY BECAUSE YOUR FATHER SAID THE HAD TO BE? WHAT IF YOUR LIFE, FRIENDS, AND BELIEFS WERE ALL PULLED FROM UNDER YOU, AND YOU HAD NO GROUND TO STAND ON? WHAT IF YOUR LIFE WAS RESTARTED LIKE A COMPUTER? WELL, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS BOOK, "HUSH" BY JACQUELINE WOODSON. THIS BOOK AT FIRST WAS CONFUSING, BUT AFTER A WHILE YOU GET USE TIME. thIS BOOK IS VERY EMOTIONAL. iN SOME INSTANCES YOU START TO CRY OR FEEL PAIN.SOMETIMES READING THE BOOK YOU WONDER WHY SHE NEVER CRIED? THEN YOU ASK WHAT WOULD I DO IF MY LIFE WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM ME.
This book was very interesting. I think that Evie was very strong and intelligent. Anna was a normal average girl. The book was good but needed a better ending. The title of the book was very interesting because I would not named it Hush, I would have named it Lost. The title Lost would be because of the fact that they lost everything. Another title would have been Truth. The title Truth would have been because they lost everything because of Truth.
This book I would recomend to any one who ever felt that ever felt that they had to change their identity and if you had a best friend that you had to leave becaus you were forced to move to a new city/town were you knew absolutly nobody. I Give this book two tumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!