Becoming Billie Holiday (Hardcover)

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    Carole Boston Weatherford is an award-winning poet and author of over two dozen books for young readers. She lives in High Point, North Carolina.

    Floyd Cooper has illustrated more than sixty books for children and young adults includingMiss Crandall's School for Young Ladies & Little Mises of Color by Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson andTough Boy Sonatas by Curtis L. Crisler. He lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.

    Before the legend of Billie Holiday, there was a girl named Eleanora. 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 into 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. Billie Holiday sang as if she had lived each lyric, and in many ways she had. Through a sequence of raw and poignant poems, award-winning poet Carole Boston Weatherford chronicles Eleanora Fagan's metamorphosis into Billie Holiday. The author examines the singer's young life, her fight for survival, and the dream she pursued with passion in this Coretta Scott King Author Honor winner. With stunning art by Floyd Cooper, this book provides a revealing look at a cultural icon.

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    ISBN 9781590785072
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 117
    Publisher Date 2008-10-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Wordsong
    Copyright Year 2008
    Height 9.75 in
    Wdth 6.5 in
    Thickness 0.5 in
    Unit weight 1.3 lb
    Language English
    Audience Young adult
    Authors Weatherford, Carole
    Country of Origin United States

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