Raised in South Carolina and New York, Wood­son al­ways felt half­way home in each place.

DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Book Review -

In vivid po­ems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African Amer­i­can in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the rem­nants of Jim Crow and her grow­ing aware­ness of the Civil Rights move­ment. Touch­ing and pow­er­ful, each poem is both ac­ces­si­ble and emo­tion­ally charged, as each line gives a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Wood­son’s elo­quent po­etry also re­flects the joy of find­ing her voice through writ­ing sto­ries, de­spite the fact that she strug­gled with read­ing as a child. Her love of sto­ries in­spired her and stayed with her, cre­at­ing the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to be­come.

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