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Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

by Fredrick L. McKissack, Patricia C. McKissack

In 1797, a slave named Isabella was born in New York. After being freed in 1827, she chose the name by which she has been remembered long after her death — Sojourner Truth. Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? is the stirring biography of this heroic African-American preacher, abolitionist, and activist for the rights of both blacks and women.

Although she couldn't read, Sojourner Truth could quote the Bible word for word, and was a powerful speaker. An imposing six feet tall, with a profound faith in God's love and a deep rich voice, she stirred audiences around the country until her death in 1883.

In its starred review of this 1993 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winner for Nonfiction, Publishers Weekly wrote, "A great deal more than a biography of a remarkable woman... A startling portrait of a pivotal yet appalling era in American history."

Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? was also a:
Coretta Scott King Honor Book
ALA Notable Children's Book
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
IRA Teachers' Choice
NAACP Image Award-winner for Literature (Children's Category)
IRA Young Adult Choice
School Library Journal Best Book of 1993

Ages
8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 7
Grade Level Equivalent
4.9
Lexile Measure
960L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
V
Publisher
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
192
Genre
Autobiography and Biography

About the Authors

Fredrick L. McKissack Fredrick McKissack is a writer whose collaboration with his wife, author Patricia McKissack, has led to the publication of several award-winning titles, including their 2003 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Days of Jubilee.
Patricia C. McKissack Full-time writer, Patricia McKissack and her husband Fredrick L. McKissack have written over one hundred books about the African-American experience.

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