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Publisher Description

A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner

Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of
Red at the Bone, 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.
A National Book Award Winner
A Newbery Honor Book

A Coretta Scott King Award Winner

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

August 28
Penguin Young Readers Group

Customer Reviews

Josey86 ,

Joy, Heartache, and Everything in Between

There is so much to love in this collection. It paints a picture of the joys and heartaches of life, from the POV of a sweet, creative child. I feel like I highlighted half of it. I just wanted to remember and share the whole thing. I love that this is a biography in poetry. It was such a joy to read. This is definitely getting read again.

spiritualG ,

Beautiful and relatable

Absolutely adored this book! One of my new all time favorites. The format it is written in is so unique and gives the story so much more depth.

TheresaJ79 ,

Brown Girl Dreaming

My 10 year old daughter who loves to read enjoyed this book. So far I am also enjoying it. Awesome book!

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