Brown Girl Dreaming

Tea and Tomes

by Jacqueline Woodson

4/5 stars

I believe in one day and someday and this perfect moment called Now.

Jacqueline Woodson was born in the North, then moved to South Carolina, and finally ended up in New York City. In Brown Girl Dreaming Woodson explores her early life.Her glimpses at her family. Friendships.  At the places that made up her early life. She gives hints at the racial turmoil going on in the 60s when she was growing up. She talks about the protests. The Black Panthers offering breakfast to children before school. But her narrative most focuses on growing up. And the fear and wonder therein.

I didn’t know I needed a middle-grade memoir in poetry. I was wrong. I generally don’t consider myself someone with enough patience for poetry. I’m a quick reader, and while I savor words, I don’t think I take enough time with poems. I’m…

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