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Michelle Obama
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Michelle Obama
An American Story
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This YA biography of the former First Lady considers her journey from Chicago to the White House in the larger context of African American history.

Michelle Obama grew up on Chicago's South Side, and while the world outside her door was chaotic and ever-changing, her family provided a stable environment in which she could grow and flourish. This biography of the former First Lady shows how a girl from a working class background could rise to become one of the most influential women of her day.

More than a chronology of life events, this book looks at Michelle Obama's story within the larger context of African American history: slavery, freedom, the Reconstruction era, the Civil Rights movement, and finally, her own era. History both shaped and challenged Michelle. And ultimately, she not only overcame the obstacles put before her, she went on to carve out her own place in history.

This YA biography of the former First Lady considers her journey from Chicago to the White House in the larger context of African American history.

Michelle Obama grew up on Chicago's South Side, and while the world outside her door was chaotic and ever-changing, her family provided a stable environment in which she could grow and flourish. This biography of the former First Lady shows how a girl from a working class background could rise to become one of the most influential women of her day.

More than a chronology of life events, this book looks at Michelle Obama's story within the larger context of African American history: slavery, freedom, the Reconstruction era, the Civil Rights movement, and finally, her own era. History both shaped and challenged Michelle. And ultimately, she not only overcame the obstacles put before her, she went on to carve out her own place in history.

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  • ATOS:
    6.8
  • Lexile:
    900
  • Interest Level:
    MG
  • Text Difficulty:
    4 - 5

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  • Booklist

    March 1, 2009
    Grades 5-8 Of the recent biographies for youth about Michelle Obama, this title delves into the greatest depth on the subject of the First Ladys family roots, reaching back to stories of her ancestors who toiled as slaves on a rice plantation in South Carolina. These historical chapters might feel tangential to readers seeking fast facts, but they add welcome context to Obamas inspiring story. When the text does focus solely on the First Lady, it offers a strong sense of who Obama was as a child, her solid upbringing, and her adult choices, all bolstered with numerous quotes from Obama and those who know her best, including her husband. Focused mostly on her youth and early years of marriage, the book does include a few references to the Obamas new life in the White House, including family details that will interest a young audience: My daughters are doing chores, Obama has told the White House staff, for example. Two sections of color photos and appended source notes for direct quotes complete this timely, highly readable biography.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2009, American Library Association.)

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    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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