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Brown Girl Dreaming

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

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

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age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

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+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (9 ):

This memoir in free verse retraces the mundane, beautiful, and dramatic periods of her childhood, and it's absolutely beautiful and captivating. Brown Girl Dreaming makes readers feel like family. Not everyone grew up an African American female in the South during Jim Crow; not everyone grew up as a Jehovah's Witness; and many people have never lived in New York City. But, in Woodson's rhythmic verse, readers will find reflections of themselves. The intimacy of family, the warmth of friends, the joys of imagination and discovery, and the worries of growing up, being lost, and being left behind all are recognizable.

Woodson captures childhood in all its color and shades of gray. Parents and kids alike will fall in love with her language -- and may even forget they're reading poetry rather than a traditional memoir.

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