Brown Girl Dreaming Paperback – 11 Oct 2016

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* "The writer's passion for stories and storytelling permeates the memoir, explicitly addressed in her early
attempts to write books and implicitly conveyed through her sharp images and poignant observations seen through the eyes
of a child. Woodson's ability to listen and glean meaning from what she hears lead to an astute understanding of her
surroundings, friends, and family." -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

* "Mesmerizing journey through [Woodson's] early years. . . . Her perspective on the volatile era in which she grew up
is thoughtfully expressed in powerfully effective verse. . . . With exquisite metaphorical verse Woodson weaves a
patchwork of her life experience . . . that covers readers with a warmth and sensitivity no child should miss. This
should be on every library shelf." -- School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

* "Woodson cherishes her memories and shares them with a graceful lyricism; her lovingly wrought vignettes of country
and city streets will linger long after the page is turned. For every dreaming girl (and boy) with a pencil in hand (or
keyboard) and a story to share." -- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

* "[Woodson's] memoir in verse is a marvel, as it turns deeply felt remembrances of Woodson's preadolescent life into
art. . . . Her mother cautions her not to write about her family but, happily, many years later, she has and the result
is both elegant and eloquent, a haunting book about memory that is itself altogether memorable. -- Booklist, STARRED

* "A memoir-in-verse so immediate that readers will feel they are experiencing the author's childhood right along with
her. . . . Most notably of all, perhaps, we trace her development as a nascent writer, from her early, overarching love
of stories through her struggles to learn to read through the thrill of her first blank composition book to her
realization that 'words are [her] brilliance.' The poetry here sings: specific, lyrical, and full of imagery. An
extraordinary--indeed brilliant--portrait of a writer as a young girl." -- The Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

* "The effect of this confiding and rhythmic memoir is cumulative, as casual references blossom into motifs and
characters evolve from quick references to main players. . . . Revealing slices of life, redolent in sight, sound, and
emotion. . . . Woodson subtly layers her focus, with history and geography the background, family the middle distance,
and her younger self the foreground. . . . Eager readers and budding writers will particularly see themselves in the
young protagonist and recognize her reveling in the luxury of the library and unfettered delight in words. . . . A story
of the ongoing weaving of a family tapestry, the following of an individual thread through a gorgeous larger fabric,
with the tacit implication that we're all traversing such rich landscapes. It will make young readers consider where
their own threads are taking them." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, STARRED REVIEW

* "Woodson uses clear, evocative language. . . . A beautifully crafted work." -- Library Media Connection, STARRED

About the Author

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Jacqueline Woodson ( is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling
memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP
Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award. Woodson was recently named the Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry
Foundation. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children;
among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a
two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Her books include The Other Side, Each Kindness, the Caldecott Honor Book
Coming on Home Soon; the 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 and was adapted into a miniseries directed by
Spike Lee. Jacqueline is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her
contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the 2013 United States
nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, a 2016 National Book Award finalist for her adult novel Another Brooklyn,
and received the 2018 Children's Literature Legacy Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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