I just finished the book, Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson. The book is to be released later this month, but I received an advanced copy from some friends on Twitter.
This is an amazing book! The writing is absolutely beautiful, and knowing that it is a memoir makes it even more special.
Toward the end of the book, Jacqueline writes a list of "what I believe." I decided to use this as a mentor text for my slice this week. This is unpolished and is certainly a first draft, because I finished the book just 30 minutes ago.
What I Believe
I believe in the power of a smile, given in an unexpected moment.
I believe that everyone deserves to be happy.
I believe in the power of words, words that heal and give hope.
I believe in love at first sight and love that lasts forever.
I believe in marriage, a connection of hearts.
I believe in second chances.
I believe in mornings and starting over
each and every day.