Summer reading: Brown Girl Dreaming

Book cover for Brown Girl DreamingBrown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming is a YA novel that tells the story of a young woman who is searching for her place in the world. In Woodson’s lyrical account, told as a series of poems, she writes of what it was like growing up during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Moving from Ohio to South Carolina and then New York, Jacqueline confronts injustice and the realities of living in the post-Jim Crow era South. Always staying true to herself, she pursues her dreams and personal goals of becoming a writer despite the initial reservations of those around her and ultimately finds her voice through the stories and personal histories she tells.

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This book is part of the 2021 Berkeley Summer Reading List. Stay tuned for more weekly posts!