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Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad

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.
Target age group 10 and up
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  • Weight
    0.45 lbs
  • ISBN-13
    9781338058154
  • ISBN-10
    1338058150
  • Item #
    44460
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. Target age group 10 and up
  • Dimensions
    0.2 H x 9.0 L x 7.5 W
  • Author
    Edinger, Monica
  • Grade Level
    5+
  • Age Group
    10 and UP
  • Language
    English
  • Binding
    Paperback
  • Subject Category 1
    Juvenile Fiction
  • Subject Category 2
    Historical | Africa
  • Subject Category 3
    People & Places | United States - African-American
  • Theme
    Topical - Black History
  • Lexile Level
    890
  • AR Level
    5.3
  • Pages
    64
  • Publication Date
    1/1/2013
  • Publisher
    Scholastic, Inc.