Kathryn Lasky is the author of many books for children, including SUGARING TIME, a Newbery Honor Book; SHOW AND TELL BUNNIES and SCIENCE FAIR BUNNIES; and VISION OF BEAUTY: THE STORY OF SARAH BREEDLOVE WALKER. Kathryn Lasky says she was drawn to Phillis Wheatley's story because she was fascinated by the relationship between the writer's voice, her identity as a slave, and freedom.
Paul Lee is a painter and freelance illustrator. He has illustrated the acclaimed AMISTAD RISING by Veronica Chambers, and THE GOOD LUCK CAT by Joy Harjo. While working on A VOICE OF HER OWN, Paul Lee had to do considerable research to make sure the illustrations were historically accurate - research that even entailed renting costumes from a local opera house.
Lasky's lyrical text combines perfectly with Paul Lee's
illustrations to convey Wheatly's remarkable spirit, as well as the
tumultuous times in which she lived.
--Washington Post Book World
Lasky shows how Wheatley's struggle for personal identity and
respect paralleled the prevailing political talk of freedom and
revolution. Lee's carefully researched paintings give a vivid
picture of colonial Boston through the eyes of an extraordinary
--San Francisco Chronicle In this moving picture book, biographer Kathryn Lasky traces important themes in Phillis's poetry while noting the terrible way slavery rendered so many voiceless.
--Washington Parent Lasky shows not only the facts of Wheatley's life but also the pain of being an accomplished black woman in a segregated world.