Thea Bowman:

A Story of Triumph

A biography for young adults.

It is the goal of this book to light a fire of curiosity in young readers to want to know more about Thea Bowman and the times she lived in.

Using her life as an example, Thea proved that a young person’s vision of themselves, self-determination, and values can help guide them through life.

About the Book

Thea Bowman’s parents were happy when she started 6th grade at Holy Child Jesus School in Canton, Mississippi.

At age 15, Thea asked if she could join the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) and finish high school 1,000 miles away. Her parents said no!

So, how did Thea join the FSPA and do well in high school and college? How did she survive a serious illness as a young Black person far from home? How did she overcome racial bias, share African American spirituals and heritage, and speak out for love and healing for all people?

Thea’s self-determination and courage reflect the historic times she lived in. Like Thea, this book can inspire young readers to set high goals, triumph over obstacles, and share their talents with the world.

Young Thea Bowman.

Thea’s first teaching assignments were 5th and 6th grades.

Resources for Teachers

Social Studies teachers can choose from many pull-out topics for student research and study. Language Arts teachers who are looking for a diverse title will be glad this book fits the recommended Lexile range estimates for grades 6–12, as of June 2021. 
Chapters 1, 3, 4: 810L to 1000L 

Chapters 2, 5, 7: 1010L to 1200L 

Chapters 6, 8: 1210L to 1400L 

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About the Author

Mary Verrill was a student of Thea Bowman from 1975-1978 at Viterbo University. Learn more about Mary and why she wrote this biography of Thea Bowman for young adult readers.

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