Born in 1928, Maya Angelou's early life was unstable and she had to deal with Jim Crow laws. Still, she overcame the difficulties and became the first African American, and first female, street car operator. She also starred as a dancer and opera singer, but most people remember her for her books and poems. Read her inspiring story in this kid-friendly biography. Paperback by Ellen Labrecque. 112 pages, for ages 8-12.