Miracle's Boys Critical Context
by Jacqueline Woodson

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Critical Context

(Literary Essentials: African American Literature)

“I . . . wanted to write about how hard it is to lose someone you love—in this case, both parents—and how that pain starts shaping itself into other things sometimes like anger and isolation,” says Jacqueline Woodson about Miracle’s Boys. “Most of all, I wanted to write about three brothers who are funny, handsome, searching, and caring of one another.” Miracle’s Boys received critical acclaim upon publication. Publishers Weekly called it “intelligently wrought” and “thought provoking.” Kirkus Review picked up on the brotherhood theme, calling it “a plot without easy answers” that easily engages readers in the lives of its characters. The Horn Book compared the book’s style and mood to S. E. Hinton’s groundbreaking young adult novel The Outsiders (1967). Miracle’s Boys won both the Coretta Scott King Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.