Africa Is My Home
Africa Is My Home
Written by Monica Edinger
Format: Hardback
ISBN-10: 0763650382
ISBN-13: 9780763650384
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Africa Is My Home
A Child of the Amistad

author: Monica Edinger
illustrator: Robert Byrd

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.

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.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$17.99 / $20.00
isbn-10/isbn-13:
0763650382 / 9780763650384
on sale date:
10/2013
type/format:
Fiction - Historical / Hardback
age range:
10 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
64 / 7 7/16" x 9 1/16"
grade range:
Grade 5 and up
 
subjects:
Historical; People & Places;
author’s comments:
Monica Edinger is an educator and reviews children’s books for the New York Times, The Horn Book, and other publications. She began her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone. Monica Edinger lives and works in New York City.
illustrator’s comments:
Robert Byrd is the illustrator of the Newbery Medal–winning Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz as well as numerous other award-winning books. He lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
 
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