Africa Is My Home

Africa Is My Home

A Child of the Amistad

Book - 2013
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"Sarah Margru Kinson, as she came to be known, was only nine years old when she was taken from her home in Africa and brought to Cuba, where she and fifty-two other captives, including three other children, were sold and taken aboard the Amistad. The Africans revolted and took over the ship, but were later captured and put on trial, a trial that went all way to the Supreme Court and was argued in the Africans' favor by John Quincy Adams, allowing them to return home to Africa. Here is that extraordinary story as told by one of those children. A fictionalized account."--Jacket flap
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763650384
Branch Call Number: JF Edin
Characteristics: 55 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Byrd, Robert - Illustrator

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BloomFree
Dec 30, 2014

A feel good story - however I would caution parents to be aware that there is violence and graphic depiction of a dark past. You may want to emphasize the better parts of the story -- younger minds may not be ready to hear or understand the history.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

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Margru becomes entangled in the debate surrounding the institution of slavery. A historically inspired fictional memoir that follows this kidnapped child from the west coast of Africa to New England and back again.

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PDXLibrarianKate
Apr 15, 2014

Beautifully illustrated and well-crafted story, which is a fictional account of a real girl sold into slavery and caught up in the Amistad mutiny and subsequent trials. Going from the green lushness of West Africa to a black page with white text was chilling as the girl enters the ship's hold. The inclusion of drawings and short newspaper accounts from the time add to the weight of the story. The author's note gives further information along with why she wrote this book.

With the artwork and book size, it appears to be for early elementary, but the book's subject and writing make it more appropriate for upper elementary

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 26, 2013

Sometimes an author writes a book and you can see the strings. Which is to say, you can see them working as hard as they can to make the title successful. Other authors write a book and it works so well on the page as to seem effortless. That’s the general gist of Edinger’s first for kids. Not the last, one hopes. We need more books that aren’t afraid to take fiction to an entirely new level.

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BloomFree
Dec 30, 2014

BloomFree thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 26, 2013

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Oct 26, 2013

Born in Mendeland, West Africa, Magulu lived amongst family and greenery until the famine struck. Starving, her father pawned his daughter in exchange for food in the hopes of repaying his debt after a year. Yet before the debt was paid, the greedy villager sells Magulu to slave traders that can offer more than her father. On a slave ship called The Amistad she befriends the other children as well as a captive named Cinque. Through Cinque they learn of a rebellion brewing to overthrow the slavers above. The plan works but attempts to steer home to West Africa are thwarted. The Africans are taken to jail in New Haven and there Magulu begins to learn more about the land where she has landed. Yet through it all she never stops thinking of home. Behold one of the rare true tales of 19th century slavery that has an honestly happy ending.

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