My Name Is Not Angelica

by Scott O'Dell

Paperback, 1989


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J O'D 1733


Yearling (1990), Edition: Reprint, 144 pages


Relates the experiences of a young Senegalese girl brought as a slave to the Danish owned Caribbean island of St. John as she participates in the slave revolt of 1733-1734.

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LibraryThing member cbl_tn
In the transition period after their leader's death, Raisha and many others from Barato were tricked, captured, and sold into slavery. Separated forever from her parents and sister, Raisha travels on a slave ship with others from her village to the island of St. Thomas, where she is sold to a
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Danish plantation owner from the island of St. John. As was the custom, her master's wife gave her a new name, Angelica.

When Raisha arrived on St. John, the island was suffering the effects of a drought and a hurricane earlier in the year that had destroyed the crops. Food was scarce among both white and slave populations, and already harsh laws became even harsher in an attempt to intimidate the slave population. Many slaves had escaped to a hard-to-reach spot on the island, where they planned a rebellion. Raisha's fiance, Konje, soon joined the colony and became its leader. As the time for the planned revolution approaches, Raisha is forced to make some difficult choices.

Before I read this historical novel, I had no idea that the Danish were involved in the Caribbean slave trade. The author describes the difficult conditions on the island while building toward the climax of the rebellion. The ending was the only flaw in this well-told story. I thought it was too abrupt, and I wanted a little more resolution. It also left me questioning which, if any, of the characters were historical and which were fictional. This book has piqued my interest in the topic, and I'll have to look for more books on the experience of slaves in the Caribbean.
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LibraryThing member br13medev
When Rashia and all of her family and friends get moved to a plantation in the Caribbean they have to work long hours as slaves. Except Rashia gets to serve the plantation owner’s wife inside. The slaves outside are being treated awfully though and man escape plan to leave. Rashia’s good friend
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leaves and promises to come back for her. While he is gone the master makes cruel punishments for all the slaves when they don’t do their work. When her friend comes back Rashia and a lot of other slave leave the plantation and go to a faraway mountain but when they finally arrive disaster strikes.

My Name is Not Angelica by Scott O’Dell was an alright book. In the beginning and middle the book is slow and all the chapters seem very repetitive, it picks up at the end. There is a very sad, unexpected twist at the end. The book is somewhat gory when they talk about the punishment for the slaves. It lacks suspense and there are no real surprises. Overall the book is quite predictable. I would give it a 2 out of 5 stars. I would not recommend it to anybody, My Name is Not Angelica by Scott O’Dell is definitely not the best book I have ever read.
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LibraryThing member ayla.stein
I absolutely loved this book as a child! As an adult I think that there are many more plot holes/details that could be expanded on, but it's still an important book for children to read.
LibraryThing member EdenSteffey
Tells the story of a young girl taken from her home in Africa and sold to a plantation owner on St. John's in the West Indies. Slaves start to rebel against their masters and begin running away and forming a group. Angelica (Raisha-her real name) must decide what she wants to do, especially given
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that the leader of the run away group is the man she was going to marry in Africa, and she still wants to be with him.
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144 p.; 7.69 inches


0440403790 / 9780440403791


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