The Grand Forks Book Club met on Tuesday, May 5th, to discuss Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and eat some pizza.
Brown Girl Dreaming is the 2015 National Book Award Winner, a Newbery Honor Book, and the Coretta Scott King Award winner. ] It's the story of Woodson's childhood, told in verse. She takes us from Ohio to Greenville, South Carolina to New York City and back again. Her childhood is shaped indelibly by her family - her mother, struggling to raise a family alone; her grandparents, thrust into the role of surrogates to several children; her neighbors; her church congregation.
Woodson grew up during the 60s and 70s where Jim Crow laws were still on the books in the South and the Civil Rights movement was just gaining momentum. She writes, not only about how these things shaped her life, but also how she fell in love with words and writing.
We all enjoyed the book and were wowed by Woodson's way with words.
Even her short poems were well crafted. For next month, we'll be reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.