Posts Tagged ‘Jacqueline Woodson’

Brown girl dreaming

By Jacqueline Woodson

ISBN 9780399252518

While Brown girl dreaming is a memoir written in verse form it still has power to move. Visually, verse novels have their own beauty, in the way words sit on the page and the way words ebb and flow. Jacqueline Woodson does this with precision.

This is a moving account of the author’s early life with her brother Hope, sister Odella and later, younger brother Roman. We witness what it is like to be growing up black in the 1960’s in a world of change. For some it is a world where the past haunts, always in the background. For others it is a time where the rise of the Civil Rights movement is making change and bringing hope. And always just on the surface is Jacqueline’s desire to write. Learning wasn’t easy for her and I was very moved when I read the reasons why she used the name Jackie instead of Jacqueline. At the heart of this novel is family.

This is not just a personal memoir but a view of the social and political times in which so many people grew up and for that it is a must read.
I am including a couple of quotes which will remain with me. I am sure you will find your own which impact on you as you read this wonderful novel.

“How can I explain to anyone that
stories are air to me,
I breathe them in and let them out
over and over again.” pg 247

“How to listen #7
Even the silence
has a story to tell yoy.
Just listen. Listen.” pg 278

The book is beautifully produced with a standout cover with a brown silhouette of a young pig-tailed girl with book in hand.

Enjoy this clip of Jacqueline reading from her book.

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Beneath a meth moon
By Jacqueline Woodson

I love Jacqueline Woodson’s writing. I absolutely loved her verse novel Locomotion written for a younger reader than this book is intended. Her writing is honest and raw.

Beneath a meth moon tells the story of Laurel Daneau who lost everything in hurricane Katrina; her mother, grandmother and her home. A new town offers her new friends and even a place on the cheerleading squad. And then there is T-Boom, the new boyfriend. However, he also introduces her to meth and it is not long before Laurel is hooked. While the story may be gritty Jacqueline Woodson says that the book is also about hope and we all need that.