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Before the legend of Billie Holiday, there was a girl named Eleanora. In 1915, Sadie Fagan gave birth to a daughter she 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. Eleanora could sing. Her remarkable voice led her to a place in the spotlight with some of the era's hottest big bands. 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. With stunning art by Floyd Cooper, this book provides a revealing look at a cultural icon.
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published on October 1, 2008 by WordSong
ISBN-10: 159078507X
ISBN-13: 9781590785072
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  • fblreggie13
    fblreggie13Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 11:08 am
    i decided to read this book because its kind of interesting and that it talks about how this girl go's to school and she does things better than others like boys and she bragss about she does everything better than the boys cause they are some bad kids.