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Kids Can Press: Spring 2023

  • Reading Levels

    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient: Y Lexile measure: 790L
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    For sale with exclusive rights in: WORLD
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    Distributor: Hachette Book Group USA Availability: Awaiting stock On Sale Date: May 02, 2023 Carton Quantity: 72 $12.99 CAD
    $9.99 USD
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My Name Is Phillis Wheatley
A Story of Slavery and Freedom
By (author): Afua Cooper
Afua Cooper


Kids Can Press



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Juvenile: Age (years) 10 - 14, Grade (US) 5 - 9, Reading age 10 - 14
May 02, 2023
$12.99 CAD


6.88in x 5.25 in

Page Count:

152 pages
Kids Can Press
JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American & Black
Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Award, Applied Arts 2010, Winner Beacon of Freedom Award 2012, Winner Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2010, Winner
  • Short Description
The remarkable story of the young slave Phillis Wheatley, America's first black poet.
This is the remarkable story of Phillis Wheatley, who is born into an African family of griots, or storytellers, but captured by slave raiders and forced aboard a slave ship, where appalling conditions spell death for many of her companions. Numerous sharks follow the ship, feeding on the corpses of slaves thrown overboard. Weakened by the voyage and near death in a Boston slave market, Wheatley is bought by a kind family who nurses her back to health and teaches her to read and write. Soon her mistress recognizes that the girl is a quick learner and talented. At the age of 12, a torrent of poetry begins to flow out of Wheatley. Proud of her achievements, her mistress organizes readings in Boston's finest parlors and drawing rooms, and Wheatley's fame spreads. But even when many in Boston are calling her a prodigy and a genius, some remain unsure that a slave should be able to write, much less write poetry. When Phillis travels to London she is a media sensation, feted by the cream of English society. A book of her poems is published, and she finally gains her freedom. This amazing story, wide in scope, is based on fact and told convincingly from young Wheatley's point of view.

Afua Cooper is a multi-award-winning and celebrated speaker, scholar, historian, author, poet, performer and social and cultural commentator for organizations worldwide committed to building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. In alignment with the recent global overtures to end racism, Dr. Cooper's mission is to end racism globally by helping organizations improve racial and ethnic justice in the workplace. She helps boards of directors set long-term strategies to become anti-racist organizations. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

... Phillis's narrative is truly a story of slavery and freedom. - Kirkus Reviews

Her poetry is woven into the biographical details, and the haunting personal story opens up the history. - Booklist

The writing is generally strong and engaging, drawing readers immediately into Wheatley's agonies ... - School Library Journal

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