Becoming Billie Holiday

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Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)


Before the legend of Billie Holiday, there was a girl 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. 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. 

  • Hardcover
  • 6 1/2" x 1/2" x 9 4/5"
  • 120 pages
  • WordSong, 2008
  • SBN-10: 159078507X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590785072


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