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A Song Flung Up to Heaven

By Maya Angelou

Publisher: The Random House Publishing Group, April 2002
ISBN: 0375507477
MY HERO recommends this book to young adult readers.
From the Publisher
"A Song Flung Up to Heaven opens as Maya Angelou returns from Africa to the United States to work with Malcolm X. But first she has to journey to California to be reunited with her mother and brother. No sooner does she arrive there than she learns that Malcolm X has been assassinated." "Devastated, she tries to put her life back together, working on the stage in local theaters and even conducting a door-to-door survey in Watts. Then Watts explodes in violence, a riot she describes firsthand." "Subsequently, on a trip to New York, she meets Martin Luther King, Jr., who asks her to become his coordinator in the North, and she visits black churches all over America to help support King's Poor People's March." But once again tragedy strikes. King is assassinated, and this time Angelou completely withdraws from the world, unable to deal with this horrible event. Finally, James Baldwin forces her out of isolation and insists that she accompany him to a dinner party - where the idea for writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is born. In fact, A Song Flung Up to Heaven ends as Maya Angelou begins to write the first sentences of Caged Bird.
User Reviews:
billie | 2/15/2011 2:04 AM
i love it
brittany brown | 4/30/2010 10:04 AM
mya angelou rocks dude
D'marcus Davis | 3/4/2010 12:51 AM
This was a very good book. And you are and amazing writer.
jasmine reed | 2/20/2008 9:14 AM
Maya Angelou is the best ever
| 2/20/2008 3:48 AM
Maya Angelou is a very good poem writer
Shafik Powell | 1/24/2008 6:41 AM
I like Maya Angelou she knows what to say in her poems, she knows how tto make you feel like something. You don't ave to feel down and out, just read the poem i rise and get some advise from that, I can guarantee you that you won't feel like your nothing. She's just and inspiring person.
Briana Shantell Davis | 1/24/2008 6:38 AM
Maya Angelou inspires me. She make me feel good about myself. The poem she wrote "I Rise" it really made me feel like I could rise and just be me.  I don't care what bring me down I will rise.
johanna | 11/29/2007 2:58 AM
i luv your song
vahlea tipton | 2/12/2007 8:16 AM
maya i like your poems and there very touching to me keep up your good work
| 2/8/2007 1:10 AM
that is so inspireing
Ta'Nasia Mar'quisha Hilliard | 1/18/2007 3:02 AM
   Maya Angelou is my favorite poet because she is sweet and expresses her feelings. I would like to meet her because, I know she is a sweet lady from her poems. The way she let her words come out and, I know they are coming from her heart. The way I feel about Maya is a good feeling it feels like i've met her somewhere. Maya Angelou is my poem hero.
Lady Bug Mone 616 | 12/6/2006 5:13 AM
You really inspire me to keep on writing and go on to be an hero just as you did, I think that you are the best poet that have ever heard of and I read all of your poems that ever wrote. I was really engaged into the book. Keep up your fantastic work and you will continue to be my hero.
kinyata williams | 3/20/2006 11:31 PM
i love your books and your poems
you inspire me to acheive my dreams  to become a poet  your poem phenomenal woman helped me so much this girl at school kept given me  me problems and your poem helped me realize that what she thinks about me doesnt matter
your # 1 fan
Mrs.Maya Angelou | 12/15/2005 12:17 AM
I respect you and your books about life cause it makes me be more then a women it made me be a helper an my own way of life cause when i was 13 years old i always was bad but you help me to be a young and pretty young lady again cause i mostly look up to you is because i want to become a book writer and a poet like you like you said women have their way of respect and men have theirs but it just the love who bout ous in one peace i just thank you for that and i love all of your poems and mostly about young people history thank you so much Mrs.Angelou I love you dearly you are like a second grandmother to me and my soul.

      By your biggest Fan in america

         Lashowonikka Patricia Wilson
               (Nikka) my school name thank you

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