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McGill, A. (1999). Molly Bannaky. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Molly Walsh was exiled from England at the age of seventeen and sent to the American colonies for having spilled a pail of milk.  Once in America she served as an indentured servant for seven years before eventually gaining her own land.  She later purchased a slave who she eventually freed and married.  This book tells the story of Benjamin Banneker’s, a scientist and mathematician who was the first black man to write an almanac, grandmother and grandfather.

My grade: A
I had not heard this story before, so I enjoyed learning something new.  The illustrations by Chris K. Soentpiet are absolutely wonderful.

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