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Hush - Jacqueline Woodson Toswiah Green has a good life. She lives in Denver, her father is a policeman and her mother a teacher, her parents kiss in the kitchen, her best friend lives down the hall, and her sister is, well, annoying, but whatever. They're all happy. And then it all changes. Toswiah's father makes a decision, and Denver is no longer an option. Toswiah's name is Evie, her father doesn't have a job, she doesn't have any friends, and her parents certainly don't kiss in the kitchen. No one is happy, and Toswiah--Evie--doesn't see how they ever could be, again.

This book takes place entirely in Toswiah's head, and I wouldn't call it a book about witness protection. It's--just like every other children's book, YA book--a book about change, and dealing with those changes. It's a book about growing up when everything feels wrong, looks wrong. I don't know what else to say about it, other than that. It was short, a quick read, introspective and with great, sad, sometimes feisty, characters.