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Woodson, Jacqueline.
New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2013
IL 5-8

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Author Jacqueline Woodson shares her childhood in poetry and photos.  Jackie was born in Ohio but the family soon relocated to South Carolina.  Life was not equal for African Americans in those days.  Being African American and a Jehovah's Witness shape Jackie's early life.  Jackie shares what life is like in the south in the 1970s.  When the family moves to New York, things are very different.  She finds a bit more freedom in her life and more friends.  And she discovers that she wants to be a writer.

Booktalk #2

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Jacqueline Woodson was born in Columbus Ohio in 1963 in a time of dramatic and violent change in America.  In expressive and illuminative poetry, she tells her story of growing up as an African American girl in the 1960s and 1970s between the worlds of the North in New York City and of the South.   Jacqueline shares with us her story of loving books and stories and yet also struggling to learn to read; of her family losses and struggles and her thoughts and dreams.  Through her engaging poems, we are invited  into her world; we taste, smell, and feel what is there and what is experienced by a young girl dreaming and finding her voice as a writer.  (Booktalk by the NH Great Stone Face Committee)

SUBJECTS:  Woodson, Jacqueline -- Poetry.
                        Authors, American -- Poetry.
                        African American women authors -- Poetry.
                        African American women -- Biography -- Poetry.

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