Hang a thousand trees with ribbons: the story of Phillis Wheatley

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Harcourt Brace & Co., Sep 3, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 336 pages
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Kidnapped from her home in Senegal and sold as a slave in 1761, a young girl is purchased by the wealthy Wheatley family in Boston. Phillis Wheatley--as she comes to be known--has an eager mind and it leads her on an unusual path for a slave--she becomes America's first published black poet. "Strong characterization and perceptive realism mark this thoughtful portrayal."-- Booklist

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User Review  - chrisriggleman - LibraryThing

I like the authors take on Phillis. She made her the perfect sassy little thing. It is great to see everything that Phillis accomplished in her life. And, very saddening only to see those wonderful ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The short and not very happy life of America's first black poet, brought to vibrant life by Rinaldi (The Blue Door, p. 1241, etc.). Keziah is kidnapped from her village in Senegal in 1761 and handed ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Young adult author Ann Rinaldi was born in New York City on August 27, 1934. After high school, she became a secretary in the business world. She got married in 1960 and stopped working, but after having two children she decided to try writing. In 1969, she wrote a weekly column in the Somerset Messenger Gazette and in 1970 she wrote two columns a week for the Trentonian, which eventually led to her writing features and soft new stories. She published her first novel Term Paper in 1979, but was ultimately drawn to writing historical fiction when her son became involved in reenactments while he was in high school. Her first historical fiction novel was Time Enough for Drums. She also writes for the Dear America series. She currently lives in Somerville, New Jersey with her husband.