Behind You

Behind You

by Jacqueline Woodson


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A moving story of love and loss from National Book Award winner , Jacqueline Woodson. Great for fans of Angie Thomas and Nic Stone.

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

You are so light you move with the wind and the snow. . . . And it lifts you up-over a world of sadness and anger and fear. Over a world of first kisses and hands touching and someone you're falling in love with. She's there now. Right there. . . .

Miah and Ellie were in love. Even though Miah was black and Ellie was white, they made sense together. Then Miah was killed. This was the ending.

And it was the beginning of grief for the many people who loved Miah. Now his mother has stopped trying, his friends are lost and Ellie doesn't know how to move on. And there is Miah, watching all of this—unable to let go.

How do we go on after losing someone we love? This is the question the living and the dead are asking.

With the help of each other, the living will come together. Miah will sit beside them. They will feel Miah in the wind, see him in the light, hear him in their music. And Miah will watch over them, until he is sure each of those he loved is all right.

This beautiful sequel to Jacqueline Woodson's If You Come Softly explores the experiences of those left behind after tragedy. It is a novel in which through hope, understanding and love, healing begins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142415542
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/08/2010
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 202,141
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: HL720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson ( is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and she received the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir BROWN GIRL DREAMING, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. Her recent adult book, Another Brooklyn, was a National Book Award finalist. Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books  include THE OTHER SIDE, EACH KINDNESS, Caldecott Honor Book COMING ON HOME SOON; Newbery Honor winners FEATHERS, SHOW WAY, and AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER, and MIRACLE'S BOYS—which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Behind You 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Whisper1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Any words to describe this amazing author would be trite and corny. Suffice it to say, she is one worth reading. Few can deal with intense subjects and yet not succumb to over drama and embellishment.While this is a companion to If You Come Softly, a book I haven't read, there was no difficulty following the story.Well deserving of the Coretta Scott King award, in this small, but powerful book, Woodson tackles the topics of interracial relationships, grief, sorrow and a young black man killed in a case of mistaken identity by NYC police. Woodson's writing is stunningly beautiful and gripping while packing a soft punch that leaves the reader softly sighing..."Oh!"As Miah passes on, he is challenged to watch those who loved him as they grieve. Told from various perspectives of Miah's mother, his father, his girlfriend and best friend, all of whom are experiencing intense sorrow, Woodson has the ability to switch characters and feelings very smoothly. Many other authors cannot do this as well as she can.Highly recommended!
rampeygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Told from varying viewpoints of the different characters, Woodson allows the reader to connect with how each individual is dealing and coping with the death of a son, friend, and boyfriend. As the story progresses, one will be able to understand and cope with the characters and how they handle death. This is a great book to suggest to someone who has suffered loss, and needs guidance and understanding to answer the question, why.
clik4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A story of love and death, of interracial love and the experiences of those left behind to deal with a senseless death. Ellie discovers humanity and comfort in the people from whom she did not know before, but who shared the experience of loving the same person.
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Very emotional . Talks about what it is like to lose a loved one and different people might feel. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first one also and they both make me want to cry :( i just wish there was more to the story
KLBCHOICES More than 1 year ago
In If You Come Softly, Jeremiah Roselind was shot down by two policemen in a case of mistaken identity. Behind You continues where If You Come Softly left off, showing how Jeremiah's passing affected the lives of the people who were close to him. But it's not only family and friends who are dealing with the loss of Jeremiah; Jeremiah also has to come to grips with the fact that he's no longer with the ones he loves. He has moved on to a better place, yet he keeps watching the world and those who now have to live without him; unable to put it all behind him. I'm not really into reading books where a character who has died is still hanging around with something to say, but Jeremiah was so likable in the first novel that I was glad he was a part of this one. This story was so touching.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, Behind You was an awesome book. I loved this book because the characters were awesome and the plot of the story was outstanding. this was a powerful novel that i would reccomend to everyone. its a short and great readd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barely being able to put the book down to eat, I read it all the way through. While reading 'Behind You' I could feel each of the characters' emotions. It was almost as if I were in the book and walking along side of them as the author lead each character through unexpected turns. Each path touched my heart. The plot was unanticipated and I enjoyed how the author told the story from multiple perspectives. To me this book will truely never be forgotten. I will read it over and over again always loving it more each time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this book. the characters were so real and touchable you could feel the pain in their words. i have read this book over 7 times and it is my personal favorite
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jacqueline Woodson is a terrific writer and when i first heard that this was a sequal to if you come softly and i really never knew how it happened but that it just happened and i cant wait until i get this book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I read the first one, and then found out about this one. It really made me step back and look at life. This one really makes you think. Give it a try, I don't think you'll regret it.