Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
(Iowa Teen nominee 2016-2017)

Book description from Amazon.com...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.

My 25 cents...This book is told in verse, which means it's not written in regular chapters, it's considered poetry.  Many people find these to be a "quicker read", even though it is 320 pages!  The author does a  fantastic job of showing us what her life was like growing up in the 60s and 70s.  I found it interesting to compare what my own life was like compared to hers, and was surprised to find many things similar.  If you are doing the 40 book club, this book could easily count as an autobiography OR poetry book!  No wonder it's won so many awards (you can see that by the cover above)!   A Newbery Honor Book and A Coretta Scott King Award Winner

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