A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

English / USA

Brown girl dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline (text)
New York [et al.]: Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2014. – 336 p.
ISBN 978-0-399-25251-8

USA / 1960-1980 – Racism –
African-American family – Verse novel – Autobiography

In this powerful verse memoir, award-winning writer Jacqueline Woodson vividly describes the story of her childhood in South Carolina and New York. Her collection of carefully composed poems makes the atmosphere of the 1960s and 1970s come alive for readers. The author offers glimpses of joyful summers spent in her maternal grandparents’ house in Greenville; she portrays sibling closeness, her feeling of being torn between the home in the North and that in the South, her nascent understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and the Jim Crow laws still in existence. As short, simple verses alternate with longer, more complex ones, readers witness young Jacqueline’s growing love of words and storytelling and her boundless imagination. In her inimitable style, Woodson weaves together a deeply personal story and the larger tale of what it was like to grow up as an African-American girl during this time period. (Coretta Scott King Award 2015) (Age: 12+)