Maya Angelou: Journey of the Heart (Rainbow Biography)

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Poet, writer, activist, entertainer, professor: Maya Angelou is all of these. Her remarkable story includes a childhood trauma, a leading role in an opera, her activism in the civil rights movement, and her devotion to poetry, writing, and teaching to promote the cause of all African-Americans. Based in part on Maya's autobiography, this is the inspiring story of an extraordinary woman.

"Pettit makes [Angelou's] stirring story accessible...while retaining a strong sense of Angelou's personal voice. --Booklist

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Jayne Pettit is the author of A Place to Hide: True Stories of Holocaust Rescues, Maya Angelou: Journey of the Heart, Jane Goodall: Pioneer Researcher, and Martin Luther King Jr.: A Man with a Dream.

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Grade 5-8?This interestingly told account begins on the steps of the Capitol Building in 1993, as Angelou recites her inaugural poem, "On the Pulse of the Morning." Drawn from her subject's autobiographies, Pettit then details the childhood journeys of Marguerite Johnson and her brother from California to their grandmother's home in Stamps, AR; to their mother's hometown of St. Louis, MO; back to Stamps; and then, following their mother's remarriage, to San Francisco. During these first 17 years of Angelou's life (which account for half of the text), readers learn of her rape at age 8 and the subsequent murder of her assailant, her ensuing silence, and her teenage pregnancy and single motherhood. These events are told in a straightforward but compassionate way. The rest of the book is devoted to Angelou's professional development and achievements, as well as her personal relationships. The final chapter summarizes the past 30 years. Disappointingly, only a handful of black-and-white photographs are included. Nonetheless, this is a short, readable biography.?Marilyn Makowski, Greenwood High School, SC
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