Brown Girl Dreaming

In YA Book Reviews on February 18, 2015 at 6:37 am


byJacqueline Woodson

Memoir/©2014/ 328 Pages/Recommended for 5th Grade-Adult

Newbery Honor Book and National Book Award Winner

Publisher’s Synopsis (Amazon):

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.

My Thoughts:

Jacqueline Woodson is a masterful writer. Her memoir is eloquent, compelling, and inspiring, and so very relevant to the times we live in today. This is a book that will surely stand the test of time. The target audience may be middle school, but this is a book that teens and adults will treasure as well. All in all, an incredible book.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


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