Friday, October 23, 2015

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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Brown Girl Dreaming
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Lexile: 990
Length: 336 Pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Awards: National Book Award
Reading Ram Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

                               Jacqueline Woodson used to live in Ohio. Her father lived in Ohio, and her mother did too, at least for a little while. That was when Jacqueline was little, about 5 years or younger. Then her mother and father started having fights more and more often. Then her mother moved her, Odella her older sister, and Hope, her older brother, down south. The south was still recovering from the Civil War, and anyone who said segregation was wrong would be bombarded by the KKK. But Jacqueline and her family moved there anyway, in with their grandparents. No more city life, just open country, becoming a Jehovah's Witness, and always dressing up and having perfect manners. Then her mother left for New York City, and Jacqueline was with her grandparents for a few years. Her mother returned pregnant, and ready to uproot them like one of the weeds in their grandfather's garden. They went to NYC. Left their grandparents. Jacqueline had a new younger brother, Roman. And her life spiraled from there. With books and poetry in school, not being as good as her older sister Odella. Ever. But learning to accept life for what it was, and realizing that segregation was truly wrong, no matter what the south thought.
                              This book was amazing!!! I can see why it won the National Book Award!!!!!!! It is written in poems, in first person, from Jacqueline's point of view, and how she sees the world. The thing is, it is a true story! Which is amazing, considering all the hardships that happen to her along the way. She was moved so many times, changed in so many ways. It was so good!!!! This book is not inappropriate at all, but it is so so sad!!!! You should SERIOUSLY try this book out in your free time!!!

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