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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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Wow!! I am so happy Jacqueline Woodson shared her childhood with us in the form of Brown Girl Dreaming. A beautiful novel told in poetic prose, Woodson takes us on her journey with her siblings and mother from Ohio to South Carolina to New York.

More to come! ( )
  booksforbrunch | May 5, 2021 |
I loved this book! I went into the books not thinking I would like it but it is one of the best books I have read thus far. ( )
  sydbearden | Apr 27, 2021 |
This is a really great and interesting book for early advanced readers around grades 7-9. This is an amazing book that follows the life of Jacqueline Woodson and her experiences throughout the civil rights movement and her journey through multiple towns. This would be a great book to give students a look into the civil rights movement and how it affected children and families in the 60's ( )
  HunterBartoo | Apr 19, 2021 |
I really really enjoyed this novel as it was easy to follow the life of Jacqueline Woodson and her story growing up in 60's as a young black girl during the civil rights movement. She explains her life and what it was like growing up with her brothers and mother. Appropriate for middle schoolers. ( )
  Ana_Coronado | Apr 19, 2021 |
Such an inspiring book! Great for middle schoolers. It follows the story of Jacqueline Woodson as a black girl in the 60s. It is written in poetry form. I touches topic such as cilvil rights, the importance of history and storytelling. ( )
  Adelmi | Apr 18, 2021 |
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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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