J 92 Nz
Scholastic Inc. (2000), Edition: First Printing, 144 pages
Presents the diary of thirteen-year-old Nzingha, a sixteenth-century West African princess who loves to hunt and hopes to lead her kingdom one day against the invasion of the Portuguese slave traders.
LibraryThing member mattlhm
Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, by Patricia McKissack, is based loosely on a real-life African princess who would indeed come to lead other warriors against the presence of Portuguese slave traders in the 17th century. This story takes place while she is in her teens and coming of age, and it's
Show Morewritten in a first person, diary style that has Nzingha reporting the events happening around her. The relationship she shares with two sisters and a demure mother stands out as charming in its description, but the course of the story more strongly favors her aptitude towards the political planning her people must embrace against a beckoning enemy, the Portuguese. Everything is written in plain language to engage the story's middle school target audience, but this proves at times a deficit. Aphorisms are thrown into Nzingha's narrative along the lines of "It's better to be happy than sad" and "The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing." Such well-worn adages come off more as mere platitudes than careful wording that could enhance the story. A rich gallery of photographs and pictures at the back of the book provides a solid historical reference to the story and puts a face on this vital segment of African history. This book could augment the multi-cultural section of a middle school library and also be used in an eighth grade study of the European slave trade in 16th-17th century Africa.
LibraryThing member rebecca191
I had high hopes for this book, since I love The Royal Diaries series. I am sorry to say I was dissapointed. I never managed to get a feel for the characters, as they were never fully developed, remaining one-dimensional throughout the story. The line between good and evil was just too generally
Show Moredefined - Africans good, white people bad. Real life doesn't work that way. And when I completed the story, I felt like something was missing, that I hadn't read the whole book - it cut off so abruptly, at 86 pages, and the historical note and pictures seemed there just to make it look longer. I can't believe that such a short, unsubstational book is going to be $10.95. I expected better from this previously high-quality series. I hoped for more since the topic really sounded interesting and unique as well...
LibraryThing member SRaval
I loved the adventures and all of the bravery Nzinga held in her diary of part of her life. The detail made the setting, time and movements so clear in my head.
LibraryThing member Beammey
Personally, I felt like this was one of the better, stronger books in the series. Pretty much all of this was new to me and I loved learning about Nzingha. She was a strong, fierce warrior and she should be more known and not forgotten. I'm so glad I got to read this book. I would recommend this to
Show Moreanyone, but it is obviously for younger readers. Still, 5 out of 5 stars.
144 p.; 7.72 inches
0439112109 / 9780439112109
Similar in this library
Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South, Southern China, A.D. 531 (The Royal Diaries) by Laurence Yep
A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620 (Dear America Series) by Kathryn Lasky
The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777 (Dear America) by Kristiana Gregory
Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic 1912 (Dear America Series) by Ellen Emerson White
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847 (Dear America Series) by Kristiana Gregory
A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence: Gonzales, Texas, 1836 (Dear America Series) by Sherry Garland
Dreams in the Golden country : The Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish immigrant Girl (Dear America) by Kathryn Lasky
A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859 (Dear America Series) by Patricia C. McKissack
Like the Willow Tree: The Diary of Lydia Amelia Pierce, Portland, Maine 1918 (Dear America) by Lois Lowry
The Royal Diaries: Jahanara, Princess Of Princesses: India, 1627 (The Royal Diaries) by Kathryn Lasky
So Far From Home: the Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847 (Dear America) by Barry Denenberg
When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 (Dear America Series) by Barry Denenberg
Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, New York Colony 1763 (Dear America Series) by Patricia C. McKissack
The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West, Utah Territory 1868 (Dear America Series) by Kristiana Gregory
My Secret War: The World War II Diary of Madeline Beck, Long Island, New York 1941 (Dear America Series) by Mary Pope Osborne
My Heart Is on the Ground : The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl (Dear America) by Ann Rinaldi
The Journal of James Edmond Pease: A Civil War Union Soldier, Virginia, 1863 (My Name is America) by Jim Murphy
Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America) by Mary Pope Osborne
Early Sunday Morning: The Pearl Harbor Diary of Amber Billows, Hawaii 1941 (Dear America Series) by Barry Denenberg
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (Dear America) by Joyce Hansen