Africa Is My Home: A Child Of The Amistad

ISBN-10: 0763676470
ISBN-13: 9780763676476
Author: Edinger, Monica
Illustrated by: Byrd, Robert
Interest Level: 4-8
Publisher: Candlewick Press

Publication Date: February 2015

Copyright: 2013

Page Count: 64

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Interest Level

Grades 4-8

Reading Level

Guided Reading: V
Lexile: 890L

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century

JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

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 by 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.
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