“A poignant portrayal of a historic neighborhood and an outstanding ode to the grief and gift of growing older.”
“A tender exploration of the enduring power of friendship and love, the discovery of inner strength and resilience."
“Organic dialogue and mesmerizing prose lay bare a narrative that encourages learning to move with the ebbs and flows of life.”
“Woodson has crafted a beautifully lyrical narrative of change, healing, and growth. Her ability to evoke time and place is masterful; every word feels perfectly chosen.”
“A truly masterful work.”
Jacqueline Woodson is an American writer of books for adults, children and adolescents. She is best known for her National Book Award-Winning memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and her Newbery Honor-winning titles After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. Her picture books The Day You Begin and The Year We Learned to Fly were NY Times Bestsellers. After serving as the Young People’s Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress for 2018–19. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2020. Later that same year, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.