Brown Girl Dreaming won the National Book Award in the USA, children’s category. A compelling memoir-in-verse relating Jackie Woodson’s upbringing in the sixties and seventies between South Carolina and New York. Woodson relates how she struggled with reading, unlike her gifted sister, the issues that came with being raised in a very religious family as well as her growing awareness of the grip of racism and the burgeoning civil rights movement. All told so beautifully, you can’t put the book down.
Here is Jackie Woodson in the NYT, talking of the potency of childhood memories and the summer she became aware of the differences between the two places of her childhood: