Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad

by Monica Edinger

Other authorsRobert Byrd (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2013





Candlewick (2013), 64 pages


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.

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LibraryThing member foggidawn
As a young girl, Magulu (later known as Sarah Margru Kinson) is sold into slavery and sent from her home in West Africa (the area that is now the country of Sierra Leone) to Cuba, and from there to America on board the Amistad with about 50 others, including three other children. When the enslaved men revolt and take over the ship, they hope to return to Africa, but the surviving sailors secretly sail back towards the American coast at night, resulting in a zigzagging journey up the east coast, until the ship is captured by the U.S. Navy just off of Long Island. Because the U.S. had by then outlawed the international slave trade, and because the mutiny occurred outside of American waters, the Africans from the Amistad find themselves caught up in a complicated legal battle. Will Magulu ever be able to return to her homeland?

This was a short but very interesting book. I knew little about the Amistad before reading it, and it’s inspired me to do a little additional reading about the events described in the book. Edinger stays close to the facts, which I appreciate, while still producing a satisfying read.
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LibraryThing member scote23
I really liked this historical fiction account of one child, Sarah Margru Kinson, who was taken aboard the Amistad and eventually returned back to Africa after a long legal battle. I had no idea there were children aboard the Amistad, and the account, along with the illustrations, details the terror of that experience along with the (few) moments of joy that occurred.… (more)
LibraryThing member npetzold
This is a story of a young girl from Sierra Leone who is traded into slavery and on the ship Amistad when it's overthrown by slaves. It tells the story of the young girl's experience in first person through the life she lives in the U.S., education that she receives and her eventual return to her home in Africa.
LibraryThing member Sullywriter
The story of the Amistad told through the perspective of a young girl who was a captive and was able to return to Africa. A wonderful work of historical fiction, elegantly written and illustrated.


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Physical description

64 p.; 7.88 inches


0763650382 / 9780763650384


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