THE BEST MULTI-CULTURAL BOOK OF 2013 – AFRICA IS MY HOME: A CHILD OF THE AMISTAD ~ 1st line

AFRICA IS HOME A CHILD OF THE AMISTADThe first line read: “I WAS BORN IN Mendeland, West Africa, one of the greenest places on earth. Shiny green palm trees surrounded my village, so tall I was certain that they touched the sky.”

Author: Edinger, Monica
Language: English
Interest Level: Middle Grades
Type: Fiction
Word Count: 6923

I read this last night in less than two hours. I was in awe. Beautifully written. I loved that the author chose to write this piece from a first person point-of-view. I was immediate connected to the main character.

The gist of the book is about a little girl whose father pawned her off to a family so he could borrow money. The deal was once the harvest came in, the father would pay his debt and the little girl would come home. But when the slave traders came and offered the borrower more money for the little girl than he would received from the father. He sold the little girl into slavery. She was boarded on the slave ship Amistad and then we all know how the story goes.

This intrigues me. We’ve seen the movies, newspapers, and writing. But no one has captured the voice of the child and it is definitely worth reading.

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