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Still I Rise: The Story Of Maya Angelou (HeRose & SheRose Book 9) [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

Unlike other books about Maya Angelou written for middle and high school students, this short book about Maya Angelou also includes

• A vocabulary builder
• Ten thought-provoking review questions

This life history of Maya Angelou is an ideal resource for

• Book reports
• Homeschooling

More than just presenting interesting facts about the life of Maya Angelou, teachers and parents will also find the subject matter and easy-to-read and understand style appropriate for

• Literacy programs
• Reading comprehension

Life for Maya Angelou as a kid was hard and confusing. Her parents ended their marriage when she was three-years-old. Neither of them wanted to raise their kids so they put Maya and her older brother on a train headed east out of California.

They ended up living with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Momma, as Maya called her, was a strong Christian woman who owned a general store.

Despite her love for her grandmother, Maya was confused by her parents sending her away. She felt unwanted by them and cried a lot.

What had she done to make them get rid of her?

Maya began to feel at home in Stamps. She even got used to the racism and prejudice, although it confused and hurt her. Sometimes she wished that she had blonde hair and blue eyes and all of the beautiful clothes that the white girls had.
At the age of seven, the life of Maya Angelou changed again.

Her father arrived unannounced. He packed Maya and her brother in his big, shiny car and left Momma standing there, crying in the dust.

Maya thought they were going back to California to live with their father. But he dropped them off at their mother’s apartment in St. Louis, Missouri instead.

Maya Angelou’s mom was beautiful. She liked to wear lipstick and fancy clothes. A nurse by trade, she made most of her money as a gambler. And she had lots of boyfriends, some of whom stayed overnight.

At the tender age of eight, one of her mother's boyfriends raped Maya. Scared and confused, she quit talking to anybody but her brother. Her mother sent her back to Stamps.

Maya threw herself into school. She studied hard and soon rose to the top of her class. She finished eighth grade at age 12.

Shortly after that, Maya found herself travelling to San Francisco to live with her mother again. Maya continued to do well in school and graduated high school at age 16.

That same year, she started experimenting with sex. At 16, she had a son.

Maya turned to prostitution to support her son and to drugs to hide her shame.

For the next few years, Maya drifted from one job to the next. She wanted to be a good mother to her young son. She began dancing in bars and clubs, and then landed a chance to perform in a touring group.

In the late 1950’s Maya moved to New York City, where she worked as a dancer and actress. Meeting with a writer’s group in Harlem, Maya soon began writing stories, poems and essays.

But when she became involved in the Civil Rights Movement with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., the life of Maya Angelou changed forever.

Purchase this book about Maya Angelou to learn how she rose above her humble and troubled beginnings to become America's Poet Laureate.

Product Details

  • File Size: 918 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Publisher: William Gladden Foundation Press (June 23, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00135NBKM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was good but very simple in the writing July 4, 2014
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It was good but very simple in the writing. Too third person and not enough information about her on an intimate level. It seemed more like a read for a middle school student.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars January 7, 2015
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Great book from a phenomenal woman!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7, 2014
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Pure Angelou. She will be missed
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars August 8, 2014
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Awesome book!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed January 29, 2013
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Did not realize it was not her complete story. No soon as I got into the story it was over!! Did not see the line stating it is only 19 pages listed when I purchased it.
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