"What am I to bid for this strong, healthy girl?"
the auctioneer asked.
The crowd on the Boston wharf on this June morning in 1761
laughed. The small black girl actually looked very frail. She
was wrapped in a piece of ragged carpet, but she shivered and
coughed in a cool breeze
Kidnapped from Africa and sold into slavery at the age of seven,
Phillis Wheatley overcame incredible obstacles to become one of
the most notable poets of the American Revolution. What was her
role in the Boston Tea Party? Find out in Volume 10 of the Young
Patriot Series. Phillis Wheatley, Young Revolutionary Poet
tells the dramatic story of this young heroine whose talent and
perseverance lifted her from a life of servitude to become the
first notable, female African-American writer, and the first slave
to publish a book.
Encourage your young readers to learn new vocabulary! "What
does That Mean" features definitions of unusual words in
the story. As in all of the Young Patriots Series, you will also
find "What Happened Next," "Fun Facts About Phillis
Wheatley," and "When Phillis Wheatley Lived."
Young readers and poets alike will find inspiration in Phillis'
story to pursue their own creative dreams.
Text in this title originally published in the Children of Famous Americans series.