Brown Girl Dreaming

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 10+

Good Book to Read!

This is a good book. but does mention smoking in the book and a character dying from it. Other than that amazing book!
age 9+

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