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Lena - Jacqueline Woodson This one is the companion book to I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, which I finished yesterday. I wasn't quite as moved by this one, for whatever reason, although Lena's sister, Dion, was a super-fantastic character who I adored.

So, in this one, Lena and Dion are on the road. They're hitch hiking, pretending to be boys when they're picked up by a man, and walking away from a ride whenever their instincts say to, which is a lot of the time. They're cold, tired, hungry. They have only the vaguest thread of a destination, and when it comes right down to it, they're just little girls who desperately want to have a place to go home to, people to make that home for them.

This one, like I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This is a story of strength and hope and really, it's about good people, and how they're everywhere, though you wouldn't know it until you need them.