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Africa Is My Home

By Monica Edinger
Illustrated by Robert Byrd

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 fi rst 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.

  • Sensitively written and beautifully illustrated retold account of the Amistad incident, from the point of view of one of the child captives.
  • Although the memory book is "fictionalised", it is based on extensive research and accurately depicts all historical events.
  • Lush, full-color artwork throughout by Robert Byrd, as well as several archival images.

About the author

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.

About the illustrator

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.

ISBN: 9780763650384
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Dimensions: 190 x 229mm, 64pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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