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Against the backdrop of a changing neighborhood and a changing world, four brown teenage girls are figuring out their lives with dreams of modeling, lawyering, dancing, and writing feeling very real until “the most beautiful among us” becomes pregnant. Suddenly, the world is different, more dangerous, their vulnerability more evident, and their dreams of success begin to feel like part of “another Brooklyn, a different time.” Told in Woodson's stunningly-written, celebrated style of prose, as vignettes from each girls perspective, a look back on the year that changed them all forever.
Bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award and the Sibert Honor Award.
Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for adults, young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner.
Her books include The Other Side, Each Kindness; the Caldecott Honor Book Coming On Home Soon; the Newbery Honor winners Feathers, Show Way, and After Tupac and D Foster, and Miracle's Boys, which received the LA Times Book Prize and the Coretta Scott King Award and was adapted into a miniseries directed by Spike Lee.
Woodson, a writer of both poetry and fiction, is also the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement for her contributions to young adult literature, the winner of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, both the Langston Hughes Medal and the Kurt Vonnegut Jr Award and was the 2013 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.
Valerie Boyd is author of the award-winning Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. She is currently curating and editing a collection of Alice Walker’s personal journals, which span more than 50 years. Simon & Schuster/37 Ink will publish Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker in 2017. A former arts editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boyd has written about the intersection of race, arts and culture for such publications as The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Oxford American, Paste, Ms., Essence and Atlanta Magazine. Boyd is also a journalism professor and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Georgia, where she directs the new low-residency MFA Program in Narrative Nonfiction.