by Jacqueline Woodson

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Jacqueline Woodson’s multi-award winning memoir in verse—winner of the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Author Award, and a Newbery Honor—now available in paperback with new material included!

Beloved author Jacqueline Woodson shares the poignant, the gritty, and the sweet memories of her childhood—as well as revealing the first sparks that ignited her writing career—in these lyrical free-verse poems about growing up in the North and South. This paperback edition includes seven brand-new poems.

“Mesmerizing journey through [Woodson’s] early years. . . . Her perspective on the volatile era in which she grew up is thoughtfully expressed in powerfully effective verse. . . .Woodson weaves a patchwork of her life experience that covers readers with a warmth and sensitivity no child should miss. This should be on every library shelf.” —School Library Journal (starred review)