Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review: Brown Girl Dreaming

Brown Girl Dreaming Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jacqueline Woodson has turned her childhood into a touching and heartfelt story that sweeps you along through the turbulent years of the 1960's and '70's. Through her free verse narrative, we move from South Carolina to New York City with her family, as Jackie lets us know how she always longed to write stories, even when reading and writing did not come easy for her. Her writing style lets us be there on the porch with her grandparents, where she was safe, and the food was delicious. When her mom moves them to NYC, life changes, and so does Jackie. We get some important history here, but mostly her reminisces about living with a single mom, not remembering her own father, but the deep love she had for her grandparents. A good read for 7th and 8th graders on into high school.

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