2015 Read Harder Challenge: Task 4 - BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson

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

Though I could easily use this book as my entry for poetry in the Read Harder Challenge, this title actually fulfills the task "A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade" by virtue of having won the National Book Award for young people's literature last year (2014).  Reading more poetry is another sort of secondary goal for myself this year and I want to make sure I really give it a fair shake.

I'm slightly "behind" on the challenge (if we're looking at a reading speed of two books per month) because this is a hectic time for me with an international move less than a month away, but don't you worry - I'll be back on track by summer!