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Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

National Book Award WinnerJacqueline 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...

National Book Award Winner

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

Suggested by Jaime

Hardcover - 337 pages - in English - $17.99
ISBN: 0399252517 (ISBN13: 9780399252518)
Published Aug 28, 2014 by Nancy Paulsen Books
First published 2014

why I requested this book

Being an educator at a school that only has 7% African American students, it matters that we read novels where the characters look like them. Not only will my...

Being an educator at a school that only has 7% African American students, it matters that we read novels where the characters look like them. Not only will my AA students be more inclined to want to read the text, but it's a positive experience to read about your own people in school novels.

the class

I have 142 students that are so engaged when we read. I would like to keep the momentum going.

I have 142 students that are so engaged when we read. I would like to keep the momentum going.

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