2016 National Book Award Finalist, Fiction

Jacqueline Woodson

Another Brooklyn Jacqueline Woodson

Another Brooklyn
ISBN: 978-0062359988

Judges’ citation

Another Brooklyn is a lyrical beauty, inspiring revelation and surprise with each line as it ensnares the reader in tension and suspense. Adolescent August’s memory-bound Brooklyn leads us to the forgotten and displaced: the poor, the abused, the voiceless, and the dead. The narrative embraces the universal story—ordinary people doing their best to live through and understand the common ailments of human life: grief, neglect, loneliness, and love. In this way, Jacqueline Woodson sings of all humanity.


For August, running into a long-ago friend sets in motion resonant memories and transports her to a time and a place she thought she had mislaid: 1970s Brooklyn, where friendship was everything.
August, Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi shared confidences as they ambled their neighborhood streets, a place where the girls believed that they were amazingly beautiful, brilliantly talented, with a future that belonged to them.

But beneath the hopeful promise there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where mothers disappeared, where fathers found religion, and where madness was a mere sunset away.
Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn heartbreakingly illuminates the formative period when a child meets adulthood—when precious innocence meets the all-too-real perils of growing up. In prose exquisite and lyrical, sensuous and tender, Woodson breathes life into memories, portraying an indelible friendship that united young lives.

About the Author

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature 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. The Poetry Foundation recently named Woodson the Young People’s Poet Laureate. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for 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. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.


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