Revolutionary Poet

A Story about Phillis Wheatley

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Taken from her family in Africa at the age of seven, Phillis Wheatley arrived in Boston as a slave in 1761. After she was purchased by the Wheatley family, Phillis quickly learned to speak and read English. The bright young girl soon began writing poetry. By 1771, her poems had been published in newspapers all over the colonies, and critics were praising the “extraordinary negro poetess.” In this engaging biography, author Maryann Weidt tells the story of how a young slave girl in revolutionary Boston became an internationally famous poet and the first black American to publish a book.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Copyright 1997
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.8
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007000, JNF007030, JNF007050
Dewey 811'.1
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 890
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 6.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 15531
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Illustrator: Mary O'Keefe Young

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Creative Minds Biographies

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