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Brown Girl Dreaming (Prebound)

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You need to read BROWN GIRL DREAMING! This soaring, gorgeous memoir-in-verse is a touching look at what is was (and still very much is) like to grow up as a person of color in America. Woodson's words are spare yet full of truth and beauty--no wonder this book has won so many awards!

— Hannah


Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner, now available in paperback with 6 all new poems.
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.

About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson ( is the winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, the recipient of three Newbery Honors for "After Tupac and D Foster," "Feathers" and "Show Way," and a two-time finalist for the National Book Award for "Locomotion" and "Hush." Other awards include the Coretta Scott King Award and "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize for "Miracle's Boys." Her most recent books are her novel "Beneath a Meth Moon" and her picture books "Each Kindness "and "This Is the Rope." She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780606393102
ISBN-10: 0606393102
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: October 11th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English