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Apr 27, 2021
This is an auto-biographical tale of Jacqueline Woodson's experiences growing up in the Deep South in the 1960s and early 70s. She feels the effects of Jim Crow laws and prejudices, but also struggles with a learning disability that…
Apr 03, 2021sunny39o rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Vivid, evocative, and so real. This is a book that you will come back to, over and over again.
Feb 11, 2021jbouley rated this title 2.5 out of 5 stars
I have to say, I did not enjoy this book. It was hard to follow, and the story jumped from point to point. The characters didn't really develop, and there wasn't a story arc at all. I'm not much of a poetry person, but this just wasn't…
JCLS_Youth_Services
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Jan 15, 2021
This did not feel like a middle grade novel - and I mean that in the best way. It was easy to understand and to feel but it was not simple. Woodson writes about the complexities of her childhood and doesn’t water anything down. And I…
Jan 07, 2021
What can you say about an author who writes so seemingly effortlessly like Jacqueline Woodson? Her words aren't just words. They are like pearls of poetry. She twirls you into her world. Love that she also writes for a younger age group.…
Jan 05, 2021
I love Jacqueline Woodson's books. They are so powerful, and just amazing. This book was the best out of all of the ones that I read. You can see she is trying to find her place in the world, and it is hard for her. At the end, she…
Dec 02, 2020pacl_teens rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Brown Girl Dreaming is a memoir written in poetry from the perspective of a young black girl who moves from South Carolina to New York during the Civil Rights Movement. I enjoyed this book because it explored complex topics such as race,…
JCLS_Ashland_Kristin
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Oct 21, 2020JCLS_Ashland_Kristin rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A gorgeous verse memoir. So looking forward to Ms. Woodson's visit to Jackson County in the new year. I so want to ask her what it's like to receive a MacArthur Genius Grant after growing up feeling like her sister was the family genius!
Aug 16, 2020
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Jul 31, 2020JCLHebahA rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I can see why this is such a book club favorite--it's a beautiful verse memoir of her early life against the backdrop of massive social changes. Highly recommended in audio, read by Woodson herself.
Jul 29, 2020NarwhalK1227 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Brown Girl Dreaming Review Age: 12-16 Jacqueline was born in Ohio in the USA a country caught between racial discrimination of black and white. Her father wanted to name her Jack, but her mother named her Jacqueline. Jacqueline’s…
Apr 09, 2020JCLSarahZ rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Thought provoking and beautifully written coming of age memoir. Written in verse.
Mar 31, 2020ArapahoeTina rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
What a unique memoir that's great for adults as well as kids and teens! Woodson's voice is not overly flowery or any other negative association one might have with poetry. If you're curious about what a memoir in verse can be, go on and…
May 26, 2019SageMerriman rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I was primarily interested in her idea of writing a memoir in free verse. Wondering how well would that work in practice. I concluded--very well indeed. Her « versifying » stayed close to the narrative story... for continuity’s…
May 09, 2019JCLMeganK rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Brown Girl Dreaming is such a beautifully written book. Through this story I was able to understand Jacqueline's life, as well as perspectives on what it was like for black Americans living in the south during the Civil Rights Movement. I…
May 02, 2019ryner rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
In this children's book, author Jacqueline Woodson has written a delicate, touching autobiographical collection of poetry. Though they together document her childhood years as an African American child living both in South Carolina with…
Feb 19, 2019EmilyEm rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Memoir of growing up in 1960s and 1970s in South Carolina and Brooklyn. Enchanting. Her birthday is February 12, 1963, the day I started reading. Although I’m years older, my own writing dreams and similar memories of those years made me…
Feb 12, 2019
Woodson's memoir acknowledges the sometimes painfully unspoken dreams that are deep inside, burning like a candle, pushing us forward.
Dec 09, 2018
The book is a little slow. I finished the whole things, but nothing was very exciting so I didn't really enjoy it.
Sep 21, 2018PimaLib_JenM rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Authors can be somewhat disappointing narrators, but Jacqueline Woodson does not disappoint. When I first started the book, I didn't think the little snippets of life could weave into a story, but I was wrong. This book is simply…
May 23, 2018
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May 12, 2018TSCPL_Miranda rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Beautiful. I listened on audio, read by the author, and her voice brought the poetry of her words to life. Woodson's story of growing up on the cusp of the Civil Rights movement is told as a series of vignettes, rather than a linear…
Mar 14, 2018darladoodles rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Loved reading Woodson's story in the context of her gift of storytelling through poetry. Even thought her family life was a big disjointed in her childhood, there were people around her who loved and valued her. That is a gift! My favorite…
Feb 07, 2018
A writer's account of growing up in South Carolina and Brooklyn in the 60s, told in verse
Jan 09, 2018cularien rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Jacqueline Woodson has quite a way with words; 'Brown Girl Dreaming' is written uniquely and beautifully, giving insight into her life during the 60s and 70s. While our own beliefs (on religion, for example) may differ widely, I still…