Who Was Maya Angelou? (Who Was?)

by Ellen Labrecque (Author) Dede Putra (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Who Was?
Born in Missouri in 1928, Maya Angelou had a difficult childhood. Jim Crow laws segregated blacks and whites in the South. Her family life was unstable at times. But much like her poem, "Still I Rise," Angelou was able to lift herself out of her situation and flourish. She moved to California and became the first black--and first female--streetcar operator before following her interest in dance. She became a professional performer in her twenties and toured the U.S. and Europe as an opera star and calypso dancer. But Angelou's writing became her defining talent. Her poems and books, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought her international acclaim.
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Ellen Labrecque
Ellen Labrecque is a former Senior Editor for Sports Illustrated for Kids and the author of over twenty nonfiction books for young readers, including biographies of Jim Thorpe and Magic Johnson.
Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780448488530
Lexile Measure
900
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
Penguin Workshop
Publication date
January 12, 2016
Series
Who Was?
BISAC categories
JNF018010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JNF007030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Literary
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
Library of Congress categories
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