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Brown Girl Dreaming

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Cover art for Brown Girl Dreaming book by Jacqueline Woodson. Silhouette of a  young girl reading a book with a sunny sky behind her.

By Jacqueline Woodson
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014

The author shares her childhood memories and reveals the first sparks that ignited her writing career in free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South. She recalls 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. 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.

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