Kidnapped from her home in Senegal and sold as a slave in 1761, a young girl is purchased by the wealthy Wheatley family of Boston. Phillis Wheatley - as she comes to be known - has an eager mind and knack for learning that leads her on an unusual path for a slave. When the Wheatley's discover Phillis' talent for writing poetry, they begin to mold her future by having her "perform" for influential guests. Eventually she is sent to England, where her work is finally published - the first book of poetry by an African American woman. A beautifully written and researched book suitable for young readers and adults, alike.
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