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Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

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"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"-- "The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South"--… (more)
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    Autobiography of a Family Photo by Jacqueline Woodson (susanbooks)
    susanbooks: Autobiography of a Familly Photo is a prose novel and stands beautifully on its own. Read alongside Brown Girl Dreaming, the earlier book seems like the nightmare, R-rated version of the later one. Both are stunning.
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    The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis (Anonymous user)
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This book is geared towards older elementary students or middle school students.

This book is a memoir about Jacqueline Woodsons life. Through this book, you see how she is gaining a sense of identity. It is written through free verse style poems that share pieces of Woodsons life. The book covers many topics of racism and civil rights issues and would be a great tool to use to share about those topics. ( )
  cbrown19 | Apr 9, 2021 |
This would be a really good book for middle students. This book is written in free verse and tells the story of Jacqueline Woodson's life as she lives through the times of the civil rights movement and her development of her own identity. The setting of the story primarily takes place in Greenville and in Brooklyn and expresses what it means to take a stand for what you believe in and the discovery of one's passions. At a young age, Jacqueline discovers that she wants to be a writer, and spends her young years working toward this goal, amidst experiencing racism and finding out who she is. This book is helpful because of the lessons and themes woven into it. I would use this book as inspiration to students to see that they can find what they are passionate about and act upon it. I also think this would be a powerful book to study and take all of the information and messages from it.
  ledambrockman | Apr 9, 2021 |
Brown Girl Dreaming is an excellent book for middle readers. Students can connect with this young girls journey to find herself in her new home. Our students will be able to relate with the moving aspect of it all as well as the strong connection the young girl has with her family and friends that become family. This book teaches good morals as well as the history of the Civil Rights Movement and the joys in fighting for what is right and what you believe in. ( )
  MirandaFox | Apr 5, 2021 |
This book follows a young girl named Jackie and her journey to self acceptance. This book tackles themes such as racism and self identity. This book is great for intermediate readers and would be great for discussion groups.
  Elliemangan | Apr 5, 2021 |
This story could be considered an autobiography because we follow the author Jacqueline Woodson's story of her and her families struggles through the civil rights movement. It's a heartbreaking story that follows her journey trying to find her self identity while moving across the states. I would use and recommend this book in the classroom to share the issues of discriminations but also a coming of age story. ( )
  AliyaChin | Apr 5, 2021 |
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Woodson, Jacquelineprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Farrokhzad, Athenasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hold fast to dreams/For if dreams die/Life is a broken-winged bird/That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams/For when dreams go/Life is a barren field/Frozen with snow.--Langston Hughes
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This book is for my family--past, present and future.  With love.
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I am born on a Tuesday at University Hospital Columbus, Ohio, USA--a country caught between Black and White.
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"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"-- "The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South"--

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