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  1 MAYA ANGELOU: A BIOGRAPHY OF AN AWARD-WINNING POET AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST
Author: Agins, Donna Brown Biographee: Angelou, Maya
    Series: African-American icons
 
9780766039926
Class: Biography
Age: 10-14
Language: English
LC: PS3551.N
Grade: 5-9
ISBN-13: 9780766039926
LCCN: 2011024335
Imprint: Enslow Publishing, LLC
Pub Date: 01/01/2013
Availability: Available
List: $28.94
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Physical Description: 104 p. ; 24 cm.
LC Series: African-American icons
African-American icons.
Brodart Sources: Brodart's For Youth Interest Titles
Brodart's Insight Catalog: Teen
Brodart's TOP Young Adult Titles
Bibliographies:
Awards: Horn Book Guide Titles, Rated 1 - 4
Starred Reviews:
TIPS Subjects: Literature, American
African-American
Biography, Individual
BISAC Subjects:
LC Subjects: African American women authors, Biography, Juvenile literature
African American women civil rights workers, Biography, Juvenile literature
African Americans, Biography
Angelou, Maya
Angelou, Maya, Juvenile literature
Civil rights workers, Biography
Women authors, American, Biography
SEARS Subjects: African American women authors, Biography
African Americans, Civil rights, Biography
Angelou, Maya
Reformers, Biography
Reading Programs: Lexile Level: 990
 
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Brodart's TOP Young Adult Titles | 04/01/2013
Maya Angelou endured her fair share of growing pains. Learn how the once poverty-stricken woman triumphed to become a teacher, dancer, and actress despite a painful upbringing whose lessons helped mold her into a treasured American writer. African-American icons series, 104pp., B/W Ill.
Journal Reviews
Horn Book Guide | 11/01/2013
4. YA. These accessible, simplistic biographies trace the lives of contemporary African American leaders in the arts. The uncomplicated prose may appeal to report writers who are also reluctant readers. While the books' original design was uninspired, it did include plenty of photos--which these new editions have oddly omitted. Discography (Smith), filmography (Berry; Smith). Reading list, timeline, websites. Ind. Review covers these African-American Icons titles: Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Toni Morrison, Halle Berry, Will Smith, and Oprah Winfrey. 104pg. THE HORN BOOK, c2013.
School Library Journal | 04/01/2013
Gr 7 Up. Presented in an easy-to-read format, these books will appeal to reluctant readers or teens who are just trying to fulfill an assignment. The well-known literary figures have interesting life stories. For example, Morrison tells about the trials and triumphs that affected the woman's daily life and ultimately her decision to write. Likewise, Myers had a nontraditional upbringing that has greatly influenced his work. He has fought against criticism and even censorship of several of his books. Staying true to himself has earned him several awards and recognition in the literary world. Angelou has many accomplishments, from working with Martin Luther King, Jr., in his fight for civil rights to composing and reading a poem for President Clinton's inauguration. These individuals have in common their struggle for a better life; whether they came from humble beginnings or not, they triumphed through hard times and have influenced many people around them. Unfortunately, the lack of photographs or any illustrative material to break up the texts is a real drawback. Also, while the publisher touts these as new titles, Jordan's and Kramer's books were originally published in the 1990s and while a few updates have been made, the presentations seem a bit dated. Carol Hirsche, Provo City Library, UT. 104p. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2013.
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates Magazine) | 04/01/2013
4Q 4P M J S. This new series of African-Amercian reference books selects a distinct group of high-profile personalities about which to provide biographical information. Each volume is written by a different author (with the exception of Michael Schulman) and is perfect for middle school students looking to expand their knowledge of famous and current African-American personalities. Each volume details the struggles and obstacles the person overcame to become an immensely successful star in their own right. For example, Toni Morrison was a single mother to two young children but was determined to be independent, making her a wonderful role model for young adults. Oprah Winfrey grew up impoverished but became a television reporter at age nineteen. The theme that resonated with each biography is the sheer force of determination and hard work each individual demonstrated to make sure their dreams came true. The series will make a great addition to a public or school library. It is resourceful and informative. Pictures would have been helpful in these volumes, as children and young adults use them in reports, and pictures add interest to a biography. Each book does contain, however, a very useful chronology of important events which young readers will enjoy.--Margaret Capobianco. 104p. VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES, c2013.
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