Monday, February 23, 2015
by Jacqueline Woodson
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.
Since Brown Girl Dreaming won a National Book Award in 2014, and recently won the Coretta Scott King Award, a Robert F. Sibert Honor, and a Newbery Honor as well, there is little left to say. Whether you read or write, are black or white, aged eight or eighty, Ms. Jacqueline Woodson's novel in verse is one that should not be missed. The complex history of our country, as well as the heart of the protagonist - Jacqueline, will be something you'll not soon forget.
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