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Jacqueline Woodson

Novelist

Jacqueline Woodson is an award-winning author of young adult books. Raised and educated in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York, she graduated from college with a B.A. in English, and then worked in New York City as a drama therapist for runaways and children experiencing homelessness. She now writes full-time in Brooklyn. Woodson often writes about characters that feel out of place and the difficulties young people face. She has won a number of awards including the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults, three Newberry Honors for After Tupac and D Foster, Feathers, and Show Way. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.