In 1761, a young African girl was sold to the Wheatley family in Boston, who named her Phillis after the slave schooner that had carried her. Kidnapped from her home in Africa and shipped to America, she'd had everything taken from her -- her family, her name, and her language.
But Phillis Wheatley was no ordinary young girl. Amid the tumult of the Revolutionary War, Phillis Wheatley became a poet and ultimately had a book of verse published, establishing herself as the first African American woman poet this country had ever known. She also found what had been taken away from her and from slaves everywhere: a voice of her own.
Visit A Mighty Girl's Phillis Wheatley Character Collection to learn more about this amazing young poet.
"Lasky shows not only the facts of Wheatley's life but also the pain of being an accomplished black woman in a segregated world." -- Booklist
"Lasky draws numerous parallels between the poet's love of freedom and the patriots' cause.... The author's focus is on the poet's intellectual accomplishments and the publication of her book -- 'the first ever written by a black American woman.'... Lee's handsome acrylic paintings, including a commanding cover portrait, convey a fine sense of the period." -- School Library Journal