Phillis Wheatley (Hardcover)

Young Revolutionary Poet (Young Patriots series #10)

By Kathryn Kilby Borland, Helen Ross Speicher, Cathy Morrison (Illustrator)

Patria Press, Inc, 9781882859474, 120pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2005

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Phillis Wheatley's rise from slavery to recognition as the foremost African American poet in the American colonies is featured in this volume of the Young Patriots series. Focusing on Phillis's early years, this profile reveals her illiterate beginnings in the Wheatley family and the turbulent pre–Revolutionary War climate in which she became an avid student and young poet. Young readers will rejoice as she protects her friend Nat from British soldiers after the Boston Tea Party and delight when one of her poems results in a life-changing meeting with George Washington. Vivid illustrations accent this window into an exciting era in which Phillis found strength in the face of adversity and became a celebrated poet. Special features include a summary of Phillis's adult accomplishments, fun facts detailing little-known tidbits of information about her, and a time line of her life.

About the Author

Kathryn Kilby Borland and Helen Ross Speicher are the authors of two of the original Childhood of Famous Americans series (Alan Pinkerton, Young Detective and Eugene Field, Young Poet) from which the Young Patriots series was derived. Cathy Morrison is the illustrator of Ignacio's Chair and the Young Patriots series. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and She lives in Denver, Colorado.

Praise For Phillis Wheatley: Young Revolutionary Poet (Young Patriots series #10)

"[This book's] purpose is to not only teach history but to show how a young person can grow into greatness." —Heartland Reviews

"Children will see the relevance of history as it affects a real child's life." —Ohioana Library Association