Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

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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. 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,...
Publisher: New York : Listening Library (Audio), 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780553397277
Additional Contributors: Woodson, Jacqueline

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Apr 27, 2021

This is an auto-biographical tale of Jacqueline Woodson's experiences growing up in the Deep South in the 1960s and early 70s.

She feels the effects of Jim Crow laws and prejudices, but also struggles with a learning disability that goes unrecognized for many years. Still, she finds encouragement and learns to fuel her love of writing through her struggles.

The book is written in free verse which is a fantastic entry to text for reluctant readers.

Apr 03, 2021

Vivid, evocative, and so real. This is a book that you will come back to, over and over again.

Feb 11, 2021

I have to say, I did not enjoy this book. It was hard to follow, and the story jumped from point to point. The characters didn't really develop, and there wasn't a story arc at all. I'm not much of a poetry person, but this just wasn't for me. The book was formatted in an odd way too, with sentences not always ending with a punctuation or no commas where they should be. I will have to say, once you piece together the story, it is a very sweet and sad story. I do not recommend this book if you do not like poetry, but if you enjoy poetry, you might really like this book. That was my honest review of this book.

JCLS_Youth_Services Jan 15, 2021

This did not feel like a middle grade novel - and I mean that in the best way. It was easy to understand and to feel but it was not simple.

Woodson writes about the complexities of her childhood and doesn’t water anything down. And I think that even if you can’t relate to all of her story (or the bigger parts of it) it is likely that there is something in there that you can relate to.

Jan 07, 2021

What can you say about an author who writes so seemingly effortlessly like Jacqueline Woodson? Her words aren't just words. They are like pearls of poetry. She twirls you into her world. Love that she also writes for a younger age group. This one is for slightly older kids, I would say tweens to teens.

Jan 05, 2021

I love Jacqueline Woodson's books. They are so powerful, and just amazing. This book was the best out of all of the ones that I read. You can see she is trying to find her place in the world, and it is hard for her. At the end, she succeeds.

pacl_teens Dec 02, 2020

Brown Girl Dreaming is a memoir written in poetry from the perspective of a young black girl who moves from South Carolina to New York during the Civil Rights Movement. I enjoyed this book because it explored complex topics such as race, family and religion in a digestible way and enticing format. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in books that use poetry to tell stories in a different way or is interested in a different perspective of the Civil Rights Movement. I have read many poetry books, and this one does a very good job of using poetry to deepen the story. The way the poems are written is so raw and emotional, it will make you think about your family and your childhood memories. - Nadia, Grade 9

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 21, 2020

A gorgeous verse memoir. So looking forward to Ms. Woodson's visit to Jackson County in the new year. I so want to ask her what it's like to receive a MacArthur Genius Grant after growing up feeling like her sister was the family genius!

Aug 16, 2020

Age 10+

JCLHebahA Jul 31, 2020

I can see why this is such a book club favorite--it's a beautiful verse memoir of her early life against the backdrop of massive social changes. Highly recommended in audio, read by Woodson herself.

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blue_dog_1998 Jul 25, 2017

From the summer reading book list, I decided to read the book titled, " Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jaqueline Woodson. This book was a bout Jaqueline Woodson's life and all the challenges she overcame. One of the main reasons I chose to read this book was because during the school year my library teacher took us to the central library near prospect park to meet the author of this book, Jacqueline Woodson. Ms. Woodson explained how the book, and many of her other books, was structured and what they were about. She also explained what inspired her to write specific sections of this book. While reading this book I witnessed many of the things which Jaqueline had talked about in her speech. One thing that caught my attention in her speech and the book was the structure of the book. This book was made up of many short stories and poem, put together as 'chapters', to show a specific memory in her life. My library teacher explained to us that Jaqueline Woodson said that she created her book in this format because it shows that you don't remember every detail about your past. You can only remember certain moments that stood out. Hearing this reminded me of how much work goes into writing a book. Final thoughts? Well I really liked the different techniques Ms. Woodson use, such as foreshadowing. one example of this is that she had said her grandfather was constantly coughing and out of breath, foreshadowing that he was sick and would soon die. the book was so well written that I felt as sad as Jaqueline did when her grandfather passed away. I rate it a five out of five!

Jul 09, 2016

This book is written in free verse. I listened to it on CD and heard the poetry of Woodson’s words. This book is also on the list of The Best 75 Books in the Last 75 Years. Quite an accomplishment! And I agree that it belongs on this list. I was enchanted by Woodson’s memoir about growing up in South Carolina, Ohio, and New York during the Civil Rights Movement. Woodson is also a winner of many awards – 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. In 2014, she was short-listed for the Hans Christian Anderson Award for her lasting contributions to children’s literature.

I want to read more by this enriching author.

Jun 17, 2016

"Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson, is a gorgeous memoir written in poetic voice. This book has won nearly every literary award out there, and for good reason. It's mesmerizing. A fluid read, Woodson shares her story of growing up black in the South and NYC during the era of MLK. A book of such beautiful insight, I'm thinking about purchasing a copy for our home library.


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Jul 09, 2016

The sisters in the Kingdom Hall get six minutes to be on stage, in pairs or threes, but never alone. We have to write skits where we are visiting another sister ...


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