Jacqueline Woodson‘s autobiography-in-verse looks like a novel with its silhouette in front of a sunrise (I know it’s a sunrise because she wasn’t allowed outside at sunset time) and reads beautifully. Starting from birth, Jacqueline tells her story of living in Ohio, South Carolina and Brooklyn, New York. Each place leaves its influence for her lifetime. Family relationships are explored; friendship and moving; the way it is and the way it should be; and always that inner knowledge of who she is: a writer who makes up stories.
*Update* Brown Girl Dreaming won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature last night!