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Publisher's Summary

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

A number one New York Times best seller!

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson has created a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. 

There will be times when you walk into a room 

and no one there is quite like you. 

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.  

Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical prose and warm narration remind us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes - and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

(This book is also available in Spanish, as El Día En Que Descubres Quién Eres!) 

©2018 Jacqueline Woodson (P)2018 Listening Library

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  • Janelle
  • 2018-09-11

Needs to be Longer

This is a good 5 minutes worth of words but my only complaint is it needs more.

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  • Tabish Faraaz
  • 2020-06-16

Wtf

The book isn't even there, it's just 5 mins which absolutely sucks to the core, wtf is going on!! The book isn't complete, it's not even there, please change it

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  • Nettie M.
  • 2020-09-11

Beautiful story!

Absolutely beautiful story!!!! So appropriate for my class! They were spell bound listening to the author’s soothing voice! Thank you so much!