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Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

by 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

Ages
10, 11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 5 - 8
Lexile Measure
990L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
U
Publisher
BER - PENGUIN PUTNAM
Number of Pages
336
Genre
Biography and Autobiography, Poetry, Songs, Verse

About the Author

Contributor Image Alt Tag Jacqueline Woodson Jacqueline Woodson an award-winning author of books for young adults, including Last Summer With Maizon, I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This, and From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun.

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