For a little brown girl, born into a world of continuing turmoil of change, Jacqueline Woodson had no idea how much her life might parallel the world around her, and the struggles her nation was undergoing. For Woodson was born in the early 1960s in the Unites States. She was a girl born to a northern father and an southern mother, at a time when the South was still very entrenched in their Jim Crow world. After the marriage fails between her parents, Jackie, as her family called her, along with her mother and two siblings, moved to the South and lived with her mother’s parents for several important years.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is a novel in verse biography of Woodson’s early years and how she tried to resolve her love of the South, with some of the harsh realities of her younger years. She also moved to NYC when she was still fairly young, and the differences between the two climates and cultures made her feel split often.
This book will be slow for some readers, and is what I would call a quiet book. This book is recommended for thoughtful and mature readers, as some inferences will be needed to fully appreciate this story. For grades 7 and up.