Thorndike Press

If You Come Softly: 20th Anniversary Edition

  • Jacqueline Woodson
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 143288249X
  • ISBN-13: 9781432882495
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: .75 lbs ( .34 kgs)
  • 212 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released November 2020



A National Book Award-Winning Author
A Hans Christian Andersen Award-Winning Author
An Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award-Winning Author
A Children’s Literature Legacy Award-Winning Author

Jeremiah feels good inside his own skin. That is, when he’s in his own Brooklyn neighborhood. But now he’s going to be attending a fancy prep school in Manhattan, and black teenage boys don’t exactly fit in there. So it’s a surprise when he meets Ellie the first week of school. In one frozen moment their eyes lock, and after that they know they fit together — even though she’s Jewish and he’s black. Their worlds are so different, but to them that’s not what matters. Too bad the rest of the world has to get in their way.

Age Range: 12 and up | Grade Level: 7 and up | Lexile Measure: HL570L


Customer Reviews

“Once again, Woodson handles delicate, even explosive subject matter with exceptional clarity, surety and depth. . . . Even as Woodson’s lyrical prose draws the audience into the tenderness of young love, her perceptive comments about race and racism will strike a chord with black readers and open the eyes of white readers.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“As in all her fiction, Woodson confronts prejudice head-on.”

— Booklist

“Woodson perceptively explores varieties of love, trust, and friendship, as she develops well-articulated histories for both families. . . . A tale as rich in social and personal insight as any of Woodson’s previous books.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Lyrical narrative. . . . This fine author once again shows her gift for penning a novel that will ring true with young adults as it makes subtle comments on social situations.”

— School Library Journal