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Phillis Wheatley, Young Revolutionary Poet

Phillis Wheatley, Young Revolutionary Poet
by Kathryn Kilby Borland and Helen Ross Speicher
Illustrated by Cathy Morrison
Pub. Date: May 2005
ISBN 1-882859-47-2(hc) -48-0(pb)
Reading Level: Lexile:  740L  Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 3.3

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"The Story of Phillis Wheatley is particularly inspirational . . . young readers will be fascinated by Young Patriots like the gifted Phillis Wheatley, her self-doubts, and her ultimate triumph over circumstances that would defeat most people."
-- ForeWord Magazine, review

"What am I 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. Volume 10 of THE YOUNG PATRIOTS 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.

Young readers and poets alike will find inspiration in Phillis's story to pursue their own creative dreams.

Attention Educators!

Phillis Wheatley, Young Revolutionary Poet fits as a supplement to required reading and curriculum for:


And don't miss the classroom-friendly benefits found in all the Young Patriots Series books:

  • What Happened Next
  • Fun Facts About Phillis Wheatley
  • When Phillis Lived
  • What Does That Mean?

Explore Phillis Wheatley,
Young Revolutionary Poet

"So this is the poetess," he [George Washington] said. "I had not realized you were so young."

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