Things start out very well. A great opening line. A paragraph that grabs you like it’s not going to let go. This wonderful bit: It’s not the moment that is the tragedy. It’s the memory. Things don’t go wrong either, not exactly. They just don’t quite go anywhere. I’m a dissenter. Jacqueline Woodson’s novel for adults Another Brooklyn has gotten nothing but the highest of praise. … Continue reading Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Last night, I dreamed I met poet Jacqueline Woodson author of Brown Girl Dreaming which I hope to be teaching to my 7th graders later this year. I was very nervous about meeting her, but I told her how much I love her book and how excited I am to be teaching it. She said, “Let’s grab some lunch.” So she and I had lunch together … Continue reading Sunday Salon: I dreamed I had lunch with Jacqueline Woodson. Does that count as an anxiety dream?
For years the books we’ve used in my 7th grade English class have been dominated by white men and S.E. Hinton. While S.E. Hinton is a woman, women do not figure heavily in her novel The Outsiders. Though we love all of the books we use, and it’s harder to get a loved book out of the hands of an English teacher than it is … Continue reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson