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brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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A writer's memory is a funny thing when pen meets paper and one takes a journey back through life, concentrating on that critical first decade of life when discovery is all that there is. brown girl dreaming  is one little book that I almost bypassed because it was in the Children's section of my local library. I had seen it at Left Bank Books and since I know the author's work, smiled at the cover, but again, passed it up. It is a Newbery Honor Book, winner of the National Book Award, and she is the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Writer in the Schools. She is inviting, accessible, and funny. I'm glad I checked it out from the library and spent the last week taking a precious walk down childhood memories of a writer who was existing in the exact same time of change as I was. She wrote this in her 50th year, much like I did my poetry collection, Fifty to 50 , just before my jubilee. Perhaps it was the "born in the mid 60s" that made this story feel so familiar. Jacque