Read and learn all about Mother Teresa with this biography by Jim Gigliotti in the Who Was? series. Written for children ages 8 to 12 years, this biography gives kids an inside look to Mother Teresa, from her birth in Albania as Agnes Bojaxhiu in 1910, through her childhood, her life as a Roman Catholic religious sister up through her death in 1997 at the age of 87 years old. Includes illustrations, a timeline of Mother Teresa's life, and a timeline of world events. Includes a bibliography for further reading and research. Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.
Born a humble girl in what is now Albania, Agnes Bojaxhiu lived a charitable life. She pledged herself to a religious order at the age of 18 and chose the name Sister Teresa, after the patron saint of missionaries. While teaching in India, where famine and violence had devastated the poor, Teresa shed her habit and walked the streets of Calcutta tending to the needs of the destitute. Her charity work soon expanded internationally, and her name remains synonymous with compassion and devotion to the poor.
Jim Gigliotti is a freelance writer based in Southern California. A former editor at the National Football League, he has written more than 50 books for all ages. His writing credits include biographies for young readers on Olympian Jesse Owens and baseball star Roberto Clemente.