Title: Brown Girl Dreaming
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Age range: 5th-7th graders
Based on author Jacqueline Woodson’s childhood, this book is a soulful memoir told in poems. In vivid free verse, Jaqueline shares her stories, opinions, and experiences. She shares with us her dreams of becoming a writer, her first best friend, and Dixie Peach Hair Grease. (It makes sense once you finish the book.)
But Jaqueline has never been completely satisfied. Growing up in both Brooklyn and South Carolina, she always felt half at home in each place. In the South, children teased her and her siblings about their Northern way of talking, and in Brooklyn, being a Jehovah’s witness meant that they had to follow rules they didn’t understand.
Through all their troubles-a deep family love and pride that made each Woodson stand a little taller and shine a little brighter.
A slow read, but so poetic and realistic. This one totally deserves its National Book Award Winner, Newberry Honor Book, and that other pyramid one that I can’t read. Point is: great book.
Thoughts (for when you’re done reading, contains spoilers)
So inspiring and beautiful. This definitely made me “stand a little taller and shine a little brighter.”
I don’t really have a favorite character because they were all so wonderful. But, I did really like Jaqueline.
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