illustrated by Bryan Collier
published in 2007


Appropriate age:
Older Kid (age 8-11)
Reading level:
Grade 4
Genres: Biography, History, Nonfiction
Cultures: Americas, United States, African American
Subjects: Fish, History, Racism, Women, Social Issues

Description's Significant Seven Nikki Giovanni graciously agreed to answer the questions we like to ask every author: the Significant Seven. Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life? A: No single book. The poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, and Gwendolyn Brooks was an impact, however. Q: You are stranded on a desert island with only one book, one CD, and one DVD--what are they? A: Sula by Toni Morrison, Great American Spirituals, and The Godfather. Q: What is the worst lie you've ever told? A: "You're the best." Q: Describe the perfect writing environment. A: A cup of coffee, my rocking chair, the sun just rising through my left window. Q: If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? A: "I tried." Q: Who is the one person living or dead that you would like to have dinner with? A: Lorraine Hansberry Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be? A: I would fly.