Having been captured from her beloved family and homeland as a little girl, then sold into slavery in colonial America, Farih Morowa (renamed Louisa Wheatley by her owners), daughter of Bewnu, Chief of the Fulani, endured great pain, sorrow, and loneliness. How she landed in a mostly kind, Bostonian household, learned to speak, read, and write English, when slaves were generally forbidden literacy, and how she became an internationally acclaimed poetess before ultimately obtaining her freedom, is a truly touching and inspiring story. Her celebrity also gains her unprecedented access to some of the most powerful people of her time, including George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Hancock.
Loosely based on the life of Black American poet, Phillis Wheatley, Louisa is a riveting story of how a little African girl was captured from her happy home by the Senegal River and sold into slavery in colonial America. How she was nurtured, educated, and rose to international celebrity as an authoress, before ultimately gaining her freedom, is a truly inspiring journey for readers of all ages.