Grades 2 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 4.9
Lexile® Measure: 960L
Guided Reading: V
- Autobiography and Biography
- Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition
- Equality, Fairness, Justice
- African American
- Women's History and Experience
- Volunteering, Service, Activism
About This Book
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