Africa Is My Home

A Child of the Amistad

Edinger, Monica

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Africa Is My Home
Presents a tale of a child who arrives in America on the slave ship Amistad describing her capture, her witness to a mutiny, and the Supreme Court trial that prompts her return to Africa.

Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 0763650382
Characteristics: 55 pages :,color illustrations, maps ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Byrd, Robert


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Dec 30, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Apr 15, 2014
  • PDXLibrarianKate rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Oct 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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Dec 30, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

BloomFree thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Oct 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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