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Jacqueline Woodson

Middle Grade/Young Adult

book cover of beneath a meth moon

Beneath a Meth Moon

Laurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she’s still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. Laurel’s new life is going well, with a new best friend, a place on the cheerleading squad and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for a boyfriend. Yet Laurel is haunted by voices and memories from her past.

Where it takes place:

Pass Christian, Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi and in the Midwest.

Where I wrote it:

In Park Slope, Brooklyn, and at the Macdowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

Why I wrote it:

I wanted to understand why someone would get involved in a drug that could ruin their life. And I wanted to understand the devastation of Katrina. Long after the news stopped reporting about it, people were still struggling. Laurel’s story is a hopeful one because I wanted to believe people survived hard circumstances and were able to move on.

  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
State Lists
  • Keystone to Reading Book Award nominee (PA)
  • 2014-2015 Florida Teens Read Award finalist
  • 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Award (nominee)
  • Texas (nominee)
  • Maryland (nominee)
Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

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.