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Jacqueline Woodson

Middle Grade/Young Adult

book cover of Maizon at Blue Hill

Maizon At Blue Hill

Maizon Singh is one of the few black girls at an all-white boarding school. She doesn’t feel like she belongs there and misses Madison Street and the family and friends she left behind.

Where it takes place:

In Connecticut in the fictionalized town of Canturbury.

Where I wrote it:

In the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, New York and in San Francisco, California.

Why I wrote it:

I wanted to write Maizon’s side of the story and about what happened when she went away to boarding school. It was the first book I wrote that really dealt with racism.

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.