We read the book Each Kindness by this same author in class, so when another teacher suggested I read this novel, I knew I would like it.
But, is it a novel? Each chapter is written like a poem, with line breaks and rhythm (though not usually with rhyme). The style made it feel like I would read the book very quickly, but the story is heavy, so it took me a while. By "heavy", I mean that, even though there were not as many words as a traditional novel, the words that were there have a lot of meaning and emotion.
Woodson tells the story of growing up, first in Greenville, South Carolina and then in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up just as African Americans were gaining more rights as citizens and life still wasn't quite fair (is it fair yet?).
Through all the changes and sadness in her life, I love that Jacqueline tells about how she grew to love words and storytelling. She wasn't a very good reader, but she was a great storyteller.
Now, Jacqueline Woodson is a famous writer who has won several awards.
You can learn more about this amazing author at her WEBSITE