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We are reading and analyzing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in my AP English 11 class. It is an autobiography by Maya Angelou. Some of the content made me a little uncomfortable to read, but it is very relevant to the story and is very well done.
The story begins when Maya’s mother and father decide that they don't want to be responsible for their children anymore. They decide to send Maya and her brother, Bailey, on a train (alone) across the country, at the ages of three and four, to live with their grandparents. She discusses what life was like for her in a black family in Arkansas when she was young.
When her father suddenly shows up to take Maya and Bailey back to live with their mother, they are shocked. Living with their mother in California provided many adventures, some good and some not so good. Angelou's description of her life is very emotional and intriguing. I was definitely interested to find out what happened next and if you read this one and like it, it is only the first in her series of autobiographical stories.