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Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.
Here's what one of our top kids' specialists & buyers Kate has to say about it:
"Jacqueline Woodson was raised in the 60s and 70s in South Carolina and in Brooklyn, NY. Her free verse memoir captures this upbringing with nods to the Civil Rights Movement, faith, health, and schooling with a background of strong, yet complex, family love. Each poem chronicles the journey to her stories and thus her dreams, embracing her past and her people. Adults and children alike will be charmed and inspired by this beautiful book.. ~Kate B.
~Kate is our a Children's Book Buyer at Tattered Cover & one of our top experts in the genre.
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