Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.   Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.   Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery.”—The New York Times Book Review


Reviewed: 2020-01-17
I remember picking this up because of all the buzz that was going around about it. This is my first book by Woodson, and maybe that affected my enjoyment of it. Woodson was growing during a time of big changes and turmoil. And apparently that was also reflected in her life in smaller- but still impactful ways. While I enjoyed it, and appreciate the perspective and what this book means to diversity of books, I have to admit that I think that this was just ok.
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