Africa Is My Home
  • Published:
    Oct-2013 (Hardcover)
    Feb-2015 (Paperback)
  • Formats:
    Print
  • Rating:
  • Pages:
    20
  • Age Level:
    10 & up
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GENRE

TIME PERIOD

  • 19th Century

CLASSIFICATION


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Inspired by a true account, here is the compelling story of a child who arrives in America on the slave ship Amistad -- and eventually makes her way home to Africa.

When a drought hits her homeland in Sierra Leone, nine-year-old Magulu is sold as a pawn by her father in exchange for rice. But before she can work off her debt, an unthinkable chain of events unfolds: a capture by slave traders; weeks in a dark and airless hold; a landing in Cuba, where she and three other children are sold and taken aboard the Amistad; a mutiny aboard ship; a trial in New Haven that eventually goes all the way to the Supreme Court and is argued in the Africans' favor by John Quincy Adams. Narrated in a remarkable first-person voice, this fictionalized book of memories of a real-life figure retells history through the eyes of a child -- from seeing mirrors for the first time and struggling with laughably complicated clothing to longing for family and a home she never forgets. Lush, full-color illustrations by Robert Byrd, plus archival photographs and documents, bring an extraordinary journey to life.
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