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. Praise for Jacqueline Woodson: Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story...?ut a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery."-The New York Times Book Review
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"Jacqueline WoodsonÕs linked poems weave scenes of political change while growing up amid the Civil Rights movement and scenes of personal upheaval upon moving from her grandparentsÕ peaceful South Carolina home to Brooklyn. Her voice is wistful and dreamy as she savors rich sensory memories like crickets, Òwho seem to know their song is our lullaby,Ó and sitting beside her beloved grandfather on Òa front porch swing thirsty for oil.Ó She gives poignant last lines graceful emphases: ÒWill we always have to choose between home and home?Ó she ends one, letting its loneliness echo and linger. Her narration is a testament to the emotional power of words and how, even as a child, she knew she possessed that power. ÓStories are like air to me,Ó Woodson says. ÒI breathe them in and breathe them out, again and again.Ó S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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