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  • Published: 11 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9781635925579
  • Imprint: Astra Publishing House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 120
  • RRP: $21.00

Becoming Billie Holiday



The stunning voice and hard life of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday is revealed through evocative, accessible poetry.

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 to become a 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. Through a sequence of raw and poignant poems, New York Times best-selling and award-winning poet Carole Boston Weatherford chronicles the singer's young life, her fight for survival, and the dream she pursued with passion.

  • Published: 11 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9781635925579
  • Imprint: Astra Publishing House
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 120
  • RRP: $21.00

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Praise for Becoming Billie Holiday

★ "The poetry is rich and evocative. . . . A remarkable tribute well worthy of its subject." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Readers will find a generous assortment of recommended reading and listening at the end of this proud, clear-voiced testimonial." —Booklist ★ "[Weatherford] captures the woman's jazzy, candid voice so adroitly that at times the poems seem like they could have been lifted wholesale from Holiday's autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues. . . . This captivating title places readers solidly into Holiday's world, and is suitable for independent reading as well as a variety of classroom uses." —School Library Journal, starred review

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