Brown Girl Dreaming

brown girl dreaming cover image Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson
Middle Readers
Nancy Paulsen Books
Hardcover, 336 pages
$16.99

If our daughters were still teenagers this is the book that we would give them. Writing in vivid free verse, Woodson tells the story of growing up as an African American in the 1960’s and 70’s in Ohio, South Carolina and New York. She walks a fine line between fiction and memoir and captures the best attributes of each. The characters and places are drawn in a braided poetic storyline rife with sorrow and joy. Mother, grandfather, grandmother, sister, and uncle – dad remains mostly at large. Columbus, Greenville and Brooklyn. She grows into a writer. 
 
Her previous work has been in the young adult fiction genre and has been critically acclaimed. Among her prizes are the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, the Newbury Honor Medal, and the Caldecott Medal. We wish there were more books like this for teens and tweens. As for our daughters, now in their 40’s, we’ll give them this book anyway!