Newbery Medal Award. Coretta Scott King Award. National Book Award. This multiple-award-winner is a poetic exploration of the author’s childhood in the South and North during the Civil Rights movement. It is full of deft character development and exquisite details of setting. Despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child, her love of stories stayed with her, “creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.”
The book includes black-and-white photographs of Ms. Woodson and her family, a list of her novels and picture books, and seven new poems by Jacqueline Woodson. This is one of the books students read in Hewitt’s Lightning Literature and Composition program for Grades 5.