Brown Girl Dreaming

By WOODSON, Jacqueline

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ISBN
9780399252518
Publisher
Penguin Nancy Paulsen Bks.


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on July 1, 2014  |  Grades 5 and Up

Gr 4–7—"I am born in Ohio but the stories of South Carolina already run like rivers through my veins" writes Woodson as she begins her mesmerizing journey through her early years. She was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1963, "as the South explodes" into a war for civil rights and was raised in South Carolina and then New York. Her perspective on the volatile era in which she grew up is thoughtfully expressed in powerfully effective verse, (Martin Luther King is ready to march on Washington; Malcom X spea...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on August 1, 2014

Here is a memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author's childhood right along with her. It starts out somewhat slowly, with Woodson relying on others' memories to relate her (1963) birth and infancy in Ohio, but that just serves to underscore the vividness of the material once she begins to share her own memories; once her family arrives in Greenville, South Carolina, where they live with her maternal grandparents. Woodson describes a South where the whites-only signs may ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

A memoir-in-verse so immediate, readers will feel they are experiencing Woodson's childhood along with her. We see young Jackie gr...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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