Becoming Billie Holiday

Becoming Billie Holiday

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...

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Title:Becoming Billie Holiday
Author:Carole Boston Weatherford
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Edition Language:English

Becoming Billie Holiday Reviews

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    Reviewed by Julie M. Prince for TeensReadToo.comBillie Holiday does not have a happy life story. After all, she sang the blues for a reason. A biography written in verse seems only appropriate for a woman who lived her life in song -- whose only reliable escape was via music. Weatherford uses Holida...
  • Simone
    Author: Carole Boston WeatherfordPublisher and Date: Wordsong, 2008Summary: This is a collection of over 100 poems written about Eleanor, other wise known as Billie Holiday. Almost all the poems Weatherford wrote in this book are titled with titles from songs Billie Holiday wrote and sang. Although ...
  • Joe
    Read this striking collection of poetry while listening to a Billie Holiday record, preferably something from her earlier years. I chose The Quintessential Billie Holiday Columbia Jazz Compilation 1933-1935 (Vol 1) on vinyl.Electrifying, my friends. Electrifying(So ends the shortest review I've ever...
  • Ashley Green
    Billie Holiday's life is chronicled by Carole Boston Weatherford's poetry in this collection. We learn about Eleanora Fagan's parents and early life, and follow her through her turbulent teen years, moving from Baltimore to Philly to the place where she felt drawn - Harlem and finally became Billie ...
  • Linda Lipko
    Found in the young adult section of the library, as I was reading this book, I felt the cover should have notations that the some of the subject matter contained adult content.No doubt about it, the life of Eleanora Fagan was exceedingly difficult. Finding her voice and learning to accept the praise...
  • Joana
    I really enjoyed this book. It is told in verse and also has illustrations throughout it, but the way the story is told is so captivating that I couldn't stop reading!This follows a African-American young girl who grows up in a difficult situation: her mother got pregnant really young and couldn't t...
  • Ch_beth Rice
    Becoming Billie Holiday takes readers on the journey of Eleanora Fagan as she transformed from a troubled youth into jazz musician Billie Holiday. Carole Boston Weatherford beautifully tells the singer’s fictional memoir through free verse poems. Weatherford’s words are beautifully enhance...
  • Alexandra
    This book is a collection of over 100 wonderful poems. Eleanora Fagan better known as Billie Holiday, had a very tough life. Carole Boston Weatherford catches a lot of the little details and aspects of Billie Holiday's life and is able to put them into a series of amusing poems.I first picked up thi...

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