Mezmerizing . . . Exquisite (School Library Journal)
A marvel (Booklist)
Will linger long after the page is turned (Kirkus)
The powerful and unforgettable New York Times bestseller.
Told in vivid, powerful and emotional poetry, this is the unforgettable story of a childhood spent between New York and South Carolina, and of never truly feeling at home in either place. Of growing up as an African-American girl in the 1960s and 1970s, in the wake of the Civil Rights movement. Of discovering the first sparks of an incredible gift for writing, which would last a lifetime. And of one girl's search for her voice, her identity, and her place in the world.
Winner of a US National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Award.