Grade 6

Theme 3: Growing Up

Last Summer with Maizon

Last Summer with Maizon by Jacqueline Woodson

Random House

Meet the Author

Although she was born in Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in South Carolina and in Brooklyn, New York, where she still lives. When she was a child, her Brooklyn neighbors were mostly Hispanic and African American. “Everything from the food I grew up eating to the music I learned to dance to had the flavors of both the South and Puerto Rico,” she remembers. This background has served her well as a writer because the characters in her fiction are from a variety of ethnic groups and social classes.

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