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Brown Girl Dreaming Audiobook

Brown Girl Dreaming

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Jacqueline Woodson (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    jbender 07-07-15
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    "Wow!"

    Amazingly poetic read!! A must for anyone craving unique and long-lasting imagery! A book for the senses.

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    Katrina 01-31-15
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    "Brow Girl Dreaming"

    This is such a great book!!!!
    I love this story and recommend it!
    It's about how a black girls life was growing up.

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    luvstoread Cleveland, Ohio United States 01-29-15
    luvstoread Cleveland, Ohio United States 01-29-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Wonderful!"

    What a interesting and lovely novel in verse biography. I'm crossing my fingers and hope it wins the Newbery Award.

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    Amanda Howard 01-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding book!"

    I don't usually like books of poetry but Jacqueline Woodson's book Brown Girl Dreaming captivated me and hooked me from the very first poem. I really enjoyed that she narrated her own book because it made me feel even more connected to her. It is definitely worth a lesson!

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    Ginger 01-03-15
    Ginger 01-03-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome poetry/storytelling!"

    Hope the Newbery panel reads this wonderful offering from Jacqueline Woodson! Inspiration for us all. Teachers should love this one!

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    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 02-12-15
    SydSavvy PARIS, TX, United States 02-12-15 Member Since 2008

    The Book Snob for Paris Life Magazine.

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    "Inspiration in a Come of Age Poem"

    I do love poetry but I don't give it the time I should because I'd rather have a story. This is a story in poetry, a powerful, sometimes difficult to face, sweet, thought filled, poetic stream by a girl whose young life was a study in opposites, and who believes in opposites coming together some day. I do, too. Thank you Jaqueline with a J and a Q for inspiring me to keep on believing and for taking me through your journey with such grace.

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    natalie mcbride 12-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "rich feelings"

    I can so relate to this story it warms me inside. I am a brown girl and have little brown girls who can see themselves in her stories, even tho we've never stepped one foot in south carolina. it makes you home sick for a place you've never been, but at the same time as an African American the rituals and traditions are the same through our own family. so I become warm with memories. I love this and will have my kids listen to it for thier reading. especially for my imaginatively dreaming 8 year old who loves making stories, but struggles to write :)

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    Andre Hercules, California, United States 09-30-16
    Andre Hercules, California, United States 09-30-16 Member Since 2013

    I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.

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    Where does Brown Girl Dreaming rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Brown Girl Dreaming is unusual as it is a memoir composed of chronological poems that tells the story of a black girl coming into her own as a reader and writer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the poems best. They were detailed and had a firm grasp of people and place.


    What does Jacqueline Woodson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    No other person besides Jacqueline Woodson could read her book. She knew how the characters sounded because she lived with them in real life. She also brought great love, wisdom, and compassion to her reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at scenes I recognized from my own life.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a superb read. The book had been sitting around the house unread for years because I did not have the time. Only when I sold the book did I desire to experience it to see why it won the National Book Award for Young Adults. Audible helped me enjoy the book as an audio experience.

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    Sarah Marra santa cruz, ca 09-05-16
    Sarah Marra santa cruz, ca 09-05-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Beautiful, so beautiful !"

    I've read 3 other books by Jaqueline Woodson and loved them all.
    However, in listening to Ms. Woodson tell her own story, I feel I got to meet the author personally and watch her blossoming into the perceptive, poetic writer that she is. amidst the setting of her loving
    family and an important shift in our history.

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    roslyn fox 09-04-16
    roslyn fox 09-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good food for the soul"

    loved the honesty, I connected with the southern vibe and northern buzz. appreciated it. good listening.

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