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: 2016-05-31
This is the author's autobiography written in verse for older primary students. I enjoyed the writing style and Jacqueline's memoirs. She is only six days younger than me, but her childhood was totally different to mine as she was a young negro growing-up during the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately, I can't see this book appealing to its intended audience - tweens who attempted it would need to be advanced readers with a good understanding of this time period and the Jim Crow laws. They would also need to know the significance of leading figures such as Rosa Park, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. However, I liked it and I think many adults would, too.
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