Michelle Obama: An American Story

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 151 pages
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Michelle Obama grew up on Chicago's South Side, and while the world outside her door was chaotic and ever-changing, her family provided a stable environment in which she could grow and flourish. This look at Michelle Obama's life and the turning points that shaped her shows how a girl from a working class background could rise to become one of the most influential women of her day.
   But this is more than a straight chronological retelling. This book looks at Michelle Obama's life story within the context of the larger movements in African American history: slavery, freedom, the Reconstruction era, the Civil Rights movement, and finally, her own era. 
   History is what has shaped Michelle and challenged her. And ultimately, not only has she overcome any obstacles put before her, she has carved out her own place in history as well.
   Includes 16 pages of color photos.


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I am an African American 9th grade girl and I am doing a critical thinking paper on this book. I find this book to be very inspirational and refreshing. It paints a vivid paicture of Michelle's family journey from slavery to the White House and all her other struggles in between. I also like how it also shows us youth that our elders had to deal with the same things we struggle with today, some of it is alot harsher than anything we can imagine.I think this book not be labeled as a childen's book, but as an all audience book. I think that everyone of all ages can benefit from reading this book. I really liked it and recommend it to everyone. I am looking for more books like this and any other book that is not afraid to be truthful and tell the world what it was and stilll is to be a black person in this plagued society. If you have any suggestions you can post them. Thanks.
- Keyanna Abrams

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This book was very inspirational. I recommend this book to everyone.


1 A Family Affair
2 The Roots
3 Class Act
4 Orange Crush
5 The Paper Chase
6 His Name Is Barack
7 Where the Heart Is
8 Bringing Up Barack
9 The Spotlight
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David Colbert is the author of the acclaimed 10 DAYS biography series and the EYEWITNESS history series. J.K. Rowling praised his bestselling THE MAGICAL WORLDS OF HARRY POTTER, which has been published in almost thirty languages, as her favorite of the many written about her novels.

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