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Brown Girl Dreaming

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Author: Jacqueline Woodson

A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner

Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of
Red at the Bone, 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

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Published: 08/28/2014
Pages: 352
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.04lbs
Size: 8.75h x 5.89w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9780399252518
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.3
Point Value: 5
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 168140 / Brown Girl Dreaming

Award: National Book Awards - Winner
Award: Newbery Medal - Honor Book
Award: Coretta Scott King Award - Winner
Award: Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award - Honor Book
Award: Cybils - Finalist
Award: L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist
Award: Georgia Children's Book Award - Finalist
Award: Children's Book Committee Award - Winner
Award: Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize - Winner
Award: Kentucky Bluegrass Award - Nominee
Award: E.B. White Read Aloud Award - Winner
Award: Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards - Honor Book
Award: Black-Eyed Susan Award - Nominee
Award: Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - Recommended
Award: Great Stone Face Book Award - Nominee
Award: Rhode Island Teen Book Award - Nominee
Award: North Carolina Children's Book Award - Nominee
Award: Alabama Camellia Award - Nominee
Award: Nevada Young Readers' Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 05/26/2014
School Library Journal 07/01/2014 pg. 126
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2014
Booklist 08/01/2014 pg. 60
New York Times Book Review 08/24/2014 pg. 14
Horn Book Magazine 09/01/2014 pg. 126
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 09/01/2014 pg. 73 - Book Of Special Distinction
People Weekly 08/31/2014 pg. 22
Shelf Awareness 09/05/2014
Voice of Youth Advocates 10/01/2014 - Recommended - Better Than Most
PW Best Children's Books 11/03/2014 pg. 44
Kirkus Best Middle Grade Books 11/15/2014 pg. 96
PW Children's Starred Reviews 12/01/2014 pg. 80
NY Times Notable Bks of Year 12/07/2014 pg. 35
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2014 pg. 28
Shelf Awareness 12/12/2014
Booklist Ed Choice Youth 01/01/2015 pg. 15
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2015 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style
BookPage 09/01/2014
New York Times Book Review 05/31/2015 pg. 48

About the Author
Jacqueline Woodson ( is the recipient of a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She was the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and in 2015, she was named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She received the 2014 National Book Award for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, the NAACP Image Award, and a Sibert Honor. She wrote the adult books Red at the Bone, a New York Times bestseller, and Another Brooklyn, a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She is the author of dozens of award-winning books for young adults, middle graders, and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include Coretta Scott King Award winner Before the Ever After; New York Times bestsellers The Day You Begin and Harbor Me; The Other Side, Each Kindness, Caldecott Honor book Coming On Home Soon; Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster; and Miracle's Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award. Jacqueline is also a recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature and a two-time winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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