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

Title : Brown Girl Dreaming
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ISBN : 0399252517
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 337 pages


Jesse (JesseTheReader) rated it ★★★★☆

December 11, 2016

really enjoyed this! it was interesting seeing the things that jacqueline went through growing up and how she handled herself. i'm normally not a huge fan of novels being written in verse, but i felt it worked really well for this story. will talk more about this one in an upcoming video! youtube...

Jscottlibrarian rated it ★★★★★

June 16, 2014

So beautifully good I am ashamed to write about it. I am a Michigan white boy so moved by the brown girl writing of Ms. Woodson that I emailed her at one point in the book after a night of lost sleep due to a particularly beautiful and painful moment in the verse and and she wrote back to me! I w...

Regan rated it ★★★★★

December 08, 2016

4.5 Ugh. so good.

Hannah rated it ★★★☆☆

February 24, 2017

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Jacqeuline Woodson recalls what life was like growing up in the 1960s and 1970s in this autobiographical middle grade novel. Written in verse, her account portrays a life divided between the North and the So...

Brina rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2016

I recently read Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn, and people here recommended that I read her middle grade kids book Brown Girl Dreaming. Like Another Brooklyn, Brown Girl Dreaming is a poetic account of Woodson's upbringing in South Carolina and Brooklyn. The entire book flows in dreamy poe...

Candace rated it ★★★★☆

August 02, 2017

I listened to this audiobook with my two daughters (1st grade and 5th grade) and my grandmother on our most recent road trip. This book is beautifully written and the imagery was spectacular. It managed to captivate everyone in the car, which is saying something since there were 3 distinct genera...

Angela M rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2016

I've never read anything quite like this before - the telling of a life in such a unique way. The writing is lovely , the way it is told - memories in free style poetry. I don't know what I can say to do justice to what Woodson has accomplished here. Is it a memoir, a novel, a book of poetry? No...

Lola rated it ★★★★☆

March 18, 2017

brown girl dreaming, tu es formidable. The more I look at this poetic memoir, the more I fall in love. These short poems have imprinted themselves onto my heart. They long to be remembered. And they will be, because they are powerful and true and incomparable. brown girl dreaming, tu es inoubliabl...

Julie Christine rated it ★★★★★

January 09, 2015

I’m having the most difficult time writing a review for brown girl dreaming. It’s so hard to bubble over and breathe and cry and write, all at the same time. Each and every page is a gift of wisdom and innocence and discovery. Heartbreak. Joy. Family. Loneliness. Childhood. History. I savored and...

Shannon rated it ★★★★★

November 09, 2014

A middle grade memoir in verse is nothing I typically read (or write, save this leap, which feels like the only way to share). But the bookish brown girl with butterflies in a swirl of yellow-blue promises a unique perspective. My instinct to devour, slip through the verse like prose, would be tangled her...

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