Nominations for the December 20 Capitol Choices agenda will be due at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 12. Nominations for the 2014 List will still be accepted for the January 17 meeting as long as the books were published in 2013. The last date for any nominations of 2013 books will be on January 9, 2014.
Nine-year old Margru is traded to a neighbor for some rice. That neighbor then sells her to slave traders and Margru's horrific journey on the Amistad begins. Based on extensive research, including some of Margru's own letters, Edinger re-creates the journey of a young girl from West Africa to Cuba and finally to Connecticut. With plenty of illustrations and newspaper images from 1839, this story in Margru's own words will hopefully impel children to research even further. Seven to Ten. Anne Womack
An intriguing window to how historical research about a "Great Man" can shed light on those upon who he trod. This book tells about George Washington's slaves, cleverly combining primary sources, photographs of Mount Vernon's historical interpreters, and rich descriptions of how the researchers used evidence to draw their conclusions. Ten to Fourteen. Rhona Campbell
Dramatic, richly colored illustrations complement fourteen diverse poems, each ten lines of ten syllables, that reflect ways slaves tried to cope with life’s uncertainties. Bits of information, like the patterning of a quilt block, build a multi-layered story of many horrors.
In 14 poems the voices of 14 different slaves are heard, describing the hardships of their individual lives and their dreams of freedom. The theme of quilt patterns is carried out in those dreams and in Michele Wood's powerfully living illustrations. [publication date waiting to be verified]
Enticed from her Nepali mountain village with promises of a job in a fine house, thirteen-year-old Lakshmi is instead taken to India and sold into prostitution with seemingly no way to escape. The graceful free verse text makes her horrific journey bearable for the reader.
Crisp archival illustrations, photographs, maps, and extensive back matter complement an absorbing, well-woven narrative revealing how humanity’s desire for sugar enriched many, enslaved millions, and ultimately fueled revolutions and a new concept of “freedom”. A thought-provoking history.
Dave, a nineteenth-century slave, made beautiful clay pots, on which he often inscribed poems. The simple prose and earth-toned watercolor and collage illustrations lovingly evoke his strong hands, his care, his craft, and some hidden secrets for readers to discover.
Elijah, the first child born in a settlement of former slaves in Canada, finds his uneventful life disrupted when he attempts to locate the corrupt preacher who has stolen funds intended to purchase a family’s freedom.
Based on a diary of Swedish feminist Fredrika Bremer, this verse novel movingly portrays the plight of three women from diverse backgrounds struggling to find freedom in the midst of Cuban oppression in 1851.