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Children’s Book Committee – November 2021 Pick

Becoming Michelle Obama (Adapted for Young Readers)
Written by Michelle Obama

The journey of an African American girl from modest beginnings to highly respected First Lady of the United States.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

Michelle Obama autobiography“In a deeply moving and personal narrative, First Lady and humanitarian Michelle Obama tells of her childhood and her path to the White House and beyond in Becoming. This book, an insightful look into the author’s struggle against prejudice and injustice to become one of the most influential voices of our times, is definitely a must-read.

Mrs. Obama has a very open and honest method of storytelling that makes the book feel as if she is addressing a close friend. As I followed her journey from her childhood in the South Side of Chicago to Princeton, to a law firm, and then finally to First Lady, I was awestruck that someone could be so driven. Every reader can appreciate the victorious feeling of overcoming adversity. The message rings true that no obstacle is insurmountable, as long as you are willing to put in the work.”

–Michael, 16, Emporia, KS.

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