Brown Girl Dreaming
Books | Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Literary
Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner is a powerful memoir that tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.A President Obama "O" Book Club pickRaised 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.Includes 7 additional poems, including "Brown Girl Dreaming." 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
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"Not just for children. "
"Read this when I was younger and will continue to recommend this book to all ages. Beautiful story I recommend it."
"I Love this book because it’s great to read if you have like a short attention span because it’s poem written book like it’s a chapter book and the chapter is like a poem so it’s easier to read and there’s a lot of metaphors/similes I think it brings the whole book together because the stories are just so intense and interesting that the format gives it even more of an easier time for others to read. 9/10"
"At first, this book seemed interesting and that I would read through it quickly, but then I got to a slow point in the book and I lost motivation. However, I powered through in order to finish and I am glad I did. Its a great book for people who aren't as enthusiastic to read longer books, but it does get confusing as to who they are referring to throughout it. Free verse poetry is a unique way to read a book, but I don't think it is for me, however now I can at least recommend it to other people later on if I feel they would like it."