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A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner

Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of
Another Brooklyn, 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

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published on August 28, 2014 by Nancy Paulsen Books
ISBN-10: 0399252517
ISBN-13: 9780399252518
42 Book Reviews
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  • emoo601
    emoo601Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:37 pm55 stars
    If you are one for poetic language and moving life stories, this book is for you. I simply could not put this wonderful book down. This book functions as both a collection of poems and an autobiography. Woodson utilizes her flowy style of writing to conjure a classy, yet deeply touching story of hope, hurt, laughter and struggle as not only a female, not only a black American, but also a human. No matter who you are or where you come from, this book is sure to give you the feels.
    • memoiloveit
      memoiloveitFriday, August 26, 2016 at 9:16 am44 stars
      Brown Girl Dreaming is like an autobiography, except each chapter is written in a poem. This book gives a detailed perspective of what happened during that time period in the U.S.
      • paintlover13
        paintlover13Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 6:59 pm33 stars
        Brown Girl Dreaming was about a real person named Jacqueline Woodson. Through poetry, she tells about her life as a child and about her family and their daily struggles. I thought the fact that it was written like a poem was really cool.
        • strawberry1234
          strawberry1234Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:50 am55 stars
          I really like this book. it had sad parts and funny parts it was a really good book i hope more people get the chance to read a amazing book like this
          • snicker9
            snicker9Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 5:18 pm44 stars
            Brown Girl Dreaming was a very interesting book. It took place several years after Rosa Parks made her famous stand. The main character is Jacqueline, and her story is written in free-verse poetry. Jacqueline tells about her life from a little girl. The main focus is on family, and racism as well as spiritualism. I loved that even though there weren't cliffhangers, I still wanted to turn the page and keep going, and I didn't get bored like with some poetry books. I also love that this book is an autobiography. It is such a unique to present her life story. I recommend this book to those who like narrative poetry books. I also recommend it to those who like to read about this specific time period, when African Americans were fighting for their rights-the Civil Rights Movement. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
            • llpanda
              llpandaWednesday, July 20, 2016 at 2:50 pm22 stars
              The autobiography of Jacqueline Woodson is told in verse and is very interesting. Jacqueline aka Jack's story is all about how it was like growing up African American in the 1960's and 70's.
              • cerulian
                cerulianSunday, July 3, 2016 at 8:03 pm
                I read this book after borrowing it from the library last year and I loved it. I love historical stories and I really love that this was based on the author's life. The main character Jackie goes to South Carolina during a time when there was still racism and discrimination, but still loves it there because her grandparents live there. She develops into a strong character.
                • mammers904
                  mammers904Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 4:15 am44 stars
                  I really enjoyed reading this. It was a quick read as well,more like poetry. The girl never gives up hope,e even when most people would.
                  • alliya
                    alliyaSunday, June 19, 2016 at 11:28 pm
                    This book shows how Black lives matter! It shows how a dream can become real and can help you in everyday life. No matter the problems, you can jump over them and go on to life.
                    • audee123
                      audee123Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 9:32 pm
                      This book was good because the pages were in the form of poetry and it was different because you got to hear a different families perspective and about the south and it talked about hisory in the US. It has a lot of relating topics to each of the chapters.