Publisher description for A voice of her own : the story of Phillis Wheatley, slave poet / Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Paul Lee.


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The moving story of the first African American woman poet is compellingly told by Kathryn Lasky and brought to life with powerful illustrations by Paul Lee.

"We’ll call her Phillis."

In 1761, a young African girl was sold to the Wheatley family in Boston, who named her Phillis after the slave schooner that had carried her. Kidnapped from her home in Africa and shipped to America, she’d had everything taken from her - her family, her name, and her language.

But Phillis Wheatley was no ordinary young girl. She had a passion to learn, and the Wheatleys encouraged her, breaking with unwritten rule in New England to keep slaves illiterate. Amid the tumult of the Revolutionary War, Phillis Wheatley became a poet and ultimately had a book of verse published, establishing herself as the first African American woman poet this country had ever known. She also found what had been taken away from her and from slaves everywhere: a voice of her own.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Wheatley, Phillis, -- 1753-1784 -- Juvenile literature.
Poets, American -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American women poets -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Slaves -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African American poets -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Wheatley, Phillis, -- 1753-1784.
Poets, American.
Slaves.
African Americans -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.