The intriguing and moving story of a young girl kidnapped from her home in Senegal and sold, in 1761, as a slave to the wealthy Wheatley family of Boston. Phillis Wheatley - as she comes to be known - has a keen intelligence and a knack for learning. When the family discover her gift for writing poetry, they begin to mould her future by having her ''perform'' for influential guests. Eventually she is sent to England, where her work is finally published - the first book of poetry by an African American woman. However, all the trappings of success do nothing to change the fact that she is still a slave.
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"* "Rinaldi makes it clear to readers that Wheatley's good fortune is a double-edged sword that destroys her. A tragic tale, beautifully written and researched." Kirkus Reviews"Book Description:
A moving historical novel based on the story of Phillis Wheatley - the first African American female poet.
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Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152008764
Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0152008764
Book Description HMH Books for Young Readers, 1996. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: A fictional account of Phillis Wheatley, the slave who became America's first published black poet. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0152008764