The Old African

People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism
Author(s):
Julius Lester
Illustrator(s):
Jerry Pinkney
Age Group:
8-12
Publisher:
Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN:
978-0803725645
Year:
People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism

Based on an Ybo slave legend and infused with magical realism, this is the story of an elderly slave, Jaja, who can draw the pain of others into his mind and hones this skill when captured in Africa, dragged into a slave ship, and carted to Georgia. Jaja uses the power of his mind to ease the suffering of his fellow slaves and eventually lead them back to Africa. The graphic text and illustrations depict the horror and brutality of slavery.

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Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World

Ashley Herring Blake

When a tornado rips through town, Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm—and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing.

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