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Phillis's Big Test

by Catherine Clinton

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  ducky713 | Apr 7, 2017 |
I thought this book was pretty good. I like that the author included a quote from Susanna Wheatley, Phillis's master. "Your talent will speak for itself." It showed the close knit bond that Phillis had with her master and his family. Secondly, I like that the author ended the book on a cliff hanger. "She moved into the hall as all eyes turned toward to her: 'Good day, gentlemen. I am the poet Phillis Wheatley'". The author makes you read on to the epilogue to see if Phillis is accepted as an author or not. This story tells of the determination of one female African American slave to have her poems published. ( )
  kchari2 | Mar 14, 2017 |
A young slave named Phillis (after the ship she arrived on) was purchased by the Wheatley family. There not only did she serve the madam of the home, Susanna but she also learned with her children. Not taking anything for granted she took in as much information as she could, even learning three languages. She was a poet and entered her poetry to be published, however, the important of the Massachusetts Bay Colony couldn't believe a young black slave could write something so beautifully and insisted she be tested. She knew books would leave a name for herself and her poems would live forever and she insisted to have her voice heard. Overwhelmed, she almost left before entering her test but the words of Susanna rang in her head "Your talent will speak for itself". She walked into her test afraid of nothing. ( )
  MeganSchneider | Feb 5, 2017 |
A book about a black girl who published a wonderful book of poetry. However, ,because she was a slavery African American girl, she stuggeld and had to take a big test in front of many important gentlemen to prove that she is the real author of her book.
Because of her confidence of herself and her talent, Phills could pass the test and became the most famous author in America.
I liked the idea that the author concluded this book and made some mystery in the end. I was very exciting to now how did she in her test and what will they aske her about and how could she answer their questions. I found that this book for the readers from 2-5, I don't this is an appropriate book for this age. The vocabulary and the organization for this book could be very hard to understand by students in Kindergarten or first grade, and there also no glossary for explanation.

Genre: nonfiction
Diversity in race, ethnicity: African American.
gr.2-5 ( )
  aalhomed | Oct 27, 2016 |
This book is about a slave wanting to be a writer and her owners allowing her to write. The main character was determined and never gave up on her dream of being heard. ( )
  ccampeaux | Apr 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0618737391, Hardcover)

In 1773, Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry. It was a great accomplishment that made her very famous.
Only a year before, Phillis had had to take a test to prove that she was the actual author of these poems, because Phillis Wheatley was a slave.
Who would believe that an African girl could be the author of such poetry?
Phillis did! She believed in herself, and took every opportunity she could to make her life better. She believed in the power of her words, and her writing to prove her talent, and used the power of words to change a life.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:13 -0400)

Story of Phyllis Wheatley of Boston, Mass., a slave, who published a book of poetry in 1773.

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