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Becoming Billie Holiday
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On April 7, 1915, a girl named Eleanora Fagan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The world, however, would know her as Billie Holiday, possibly the greatest jazz singer of all time. Weatherford examines the singer's young life, her fight for survival, and the dream she pursued with a passion. Full color. ...The stunning voice and hard life of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday is revealed through evocative, accessible poetry.

In 1915, Sadie Fagan gave birth to a daughter she named Eleanora. The world, however, would know her as Billie Holiday, possibly the greatest jazz singer of all time. Eleanora's journey to become a legend took her through pain, poverty, and run-ins with the law. By the time she was fifteen, she knew she possessed something that could possibly change her life--a voice. Eleanora could sing. Her remarkable voice led her to a place in the spotlight with some of the era's hottest big bands. Through a sequence of raw and poignant poems, New York Times best-selling and award-winning poet Carole Boston Weatherford chronicles the singer's young life, her fight for survival, and the dream she pursued with passion.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
159078507X
EAN
9781590785072
Publication Date
01/10/2008
Pages
120
Dimension
24.38cm x 17.53cm x 1.27cm
Age Group
9 to 12
Grades
4th Grade to 7th Grade
Lexile Level
970
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About Author

Weatherford, Carole Boston
Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of several acclaimed poetry collections and poetic biographies, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, winner of a Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, and the NAACP Image Award. She lives in High Point, North Carolina. www.cbweatherford.com




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