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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Book Summary

The award-winning author of Locomotion and Feathers writes about growing up in South Carolina and New York. This memoir is told through poetry.
Brown Girl Dreaming book cover
Brown Girl Dreaming

Book Review

This is a look at 1960s and 1970s America, and readers without some background knowledge in Civil Rights issues or some small group discussion time for reflection may not appreciate the themes and insights this book offers. Some reflections about growing up and childhood ambitions may be better suited for adult readers, not because the content is inappropriate, but because some life experience and maturity make these reflections more relatable. This is not to suggest that middle school readers won't enjoy this book, but it's a title that might have more power through discussion about its messages.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Autobiography / Memoir
  • 1960s U.S. Civil Rights Movement
  • Writers; Poets
  • Growing Up

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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