Africa Is My Home

A Child of the Amistad

Illustrator: Robert Byrd

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Candlewick Press

Age 10+

Historical Fiction

“A remarkable story of resilience, faith, and hope.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

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. 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. Lush, full-color illustrations by Robert Byrd, plus archival photographs and documents, bring an extraordinary journey to life.


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.

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.


Children’s Africana Book Awards: Best Book for Older Children
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