by Alice Faye Duncan; illustrated by Xia Gordon
This biography in verse introduces us to the brilliant poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Author (and school librarian!) Alice Faye Duncan weaves her own poetry with poems by Brooks to paint a picture of childhood on the South Side of Chicago — the inspiration for Brooks's work. The story begins in 1925 when Brooks is eight years old, and already a poet, and ends with her winning the Pulitzer Prize (she was the first Black writer to win the award).