Written in poetic form, Brown Girl Dreaming is the memoir of Jacqueline Woodson, a writer whose childhood experiences were of two worlds- Greenville, SC and Brooklyn, NY.
Jacqueline was born during America's Civil Rights movement. As an African American girl with both a southern and northern parent, she experienced how geography played a markedly strong role in the treatment of people of color.
The anger and frustration she felt towards the inexcusable injustices happening around her, and the pride she felt towards the energy of the civil rights revolution were fuel for the words she had bubbling inside of her.
Far from the "smartest" child in her family, Jacqueline grew up doubting herself even when the words were dancing in her brain and spilling out of her pencil. Yet, with the encouragement of a few intuitive teachers, and the deep love from a tightly connected family, Jacqueline found a way to take her "dreams" and turn them into beautiful stories.
Brown Girl Dreaming is a lovely, emotive, and powerful true story of the life of an American child during the 1960 and 1970s. The audio book version is particularly poignant because it is read by Woodson herself.
Winner of the Newbery and other prestigious awards, this memoir is a must have in every middle school collection.
5 stars for ages 10+
Review written by Mrs. Sanborn
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