Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming

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Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, 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.

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


RL.8.4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.


National Book Award
Newbery Honor Book
Boston Globe-Horn Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Award
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
NCTE Notable Children's Book in Language Arts

Product Details

  • Item #: NTS660481
  • ISBN13: 9780147515827
  • Format: Paperback Book
  • Pages: 368
  • Genre:
    Biography and Autobiography,
    Poetry, Songs, Verse
  • Grades: 7 - 12
  • Lexile® Measure: 990L
  • Guided Reading Level: GR Level U
  • DRA Level: 40 - 50
  • ACR Level: 5.3

Brown Girl Dreaming

Paperback Book


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