(From the publisher):
Kidnapped from her home in Senegal and sold as a slave in 1761, Phillis Wheatley- as she comes to be known- is purchased by a wealthy merchant family in Boston. Young Nathaniel Wheatley, ten years her senior, takes Phillis under his wing and educates her. And Phillis secretly adores him.
Phillis's eager mind and her desire to please Nathaniel lead her on an unusual path for a young woman, much less a young Negro woman. When the Wheatleys discover her talent for writing, the family coaxes her to "perform" for influential guests- the first step in their efforts to have Phillis's poetry published.
Unsuccessful in finding an American publisher bold enough to publish a Negro woman's poetry, Nathaniel and Phillis sail to England in 1773, where Phillis becomes the toast of London society, and where her poems are published- the first book of poetry by an American Negro woman.
But Phillis soon discovers that fame has its price. Her stability and way of life are threatened as she struggles to find out who she is and where she fits in a white man's world.
Original title: Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons: The Story of Phillis Wheatley
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ Fictional Biographies