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The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
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The Book of Negroes (2007)

by Lawrence Hill

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A sweeping story that introduces one of the strongest female characters in recent fiction. Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom--and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War ... In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.… (more)
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    Bcteagirl: The book has a similar familial tone and is also told from the point of view of young girls growing up in a difficult situation. I had been looking for a book with a similar writing style and was happy to find this one. If you liked The Book of Negroes I recommend The Poisonwood Bible and vice versa.… (more)
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English (153)  Dutch (7)  Norwegian (1)  French (1)  All languages (162)
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Amazing. Felt like a biography, not fiction. ( )
  Linyarai | Feb 16, 2020 |
Couldn't be bothered to read more than 50 pages. The writing is mediocre, the effect overdone ("firestick", etc) and tedious despite what would otherwise be important subject matter and an interesting story. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
[Someone Knows My Name] offers compelling historical fiction detailing the life and feelings of Aminata Diallo from her kidnapping from Bayo, Africa, to surviving the horrors of an American slave ship, to enduring and escaping slavery and moving to the disappointment of Nova Scotia and on to help the abolitionists in London.

The predictive side tales to Nova Scotia and her return to Africa detracted from the strong story. ( )
  m.belljackson | May 23, 2019 |
Aminata is intelligent, determined, and sharp-witted. Her kidnapping into slavery and return to Africa evoke moral questions. Her time in slavery gives a perspective on the brutality of slavery. Her life is filled with tumultuous times and places: New York during the Revolutionary War, the (2nd) British colony in Sierra Leone, the abolitionist movement in London. She offers a former slave’s perceptions of these times in history: danger, broken promises, and struggling to survive. Her life has a theme of exploring what it means to truly understand someone. Someone Knows My Name offers thought provoking historical fiction set in 1745-1805. ( )
  Roxanne_Reading | Mar 10, 2019 |
A totally engrossing tale of a black woman's life from 1745 in Africa to 1806 in London. In between which she was abducted into slavery in South Carolina, escaped in New York City, served the British during the Revolutionary War, removed to Nova Scotia, and then to Sierra Leone. ( )
  snash | Feb 20, 2019 |
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With mature themes (e.g., a rape scene on the ship, descriptive killings, and sexual situations), this book is suited for older teens. Hill clearly researched multiple and sources to provide an accurate acount of Aminata's heroic journey and brings to life crucial world history. Teens who enjoyed Sharon Draper's Copper Sun will appreciate this page-turning novel.
added by Christa_Josh | editSchool Library Journal, Gregory Lum (Mar 1, 2008)
 
An unforgettable epic, seen through the eyes of a sharply realized, indomitable heroine.
added by Christa_Josh | editBooklist, Sarah Johnson (Oct 15, 2007)
 
Unfortunately, [Hill's] didactic purpose gets the upper hand and overwhelms the story. Aminata is simply too noble to be believable, and other major characters are mainly symbolic. Nevertheless, Hill's fascinating source material makes this a good choice for book clubs and discussion groups.
added by Christa_Josh | editLibrary Journal, Edward St. John (Oct 1, 2007)
 
In depicting a woman who survives history's most trying conditions through force of intelligence and personality, Hill's book is a harrowing, breathtaking tour de force.
added by Christa_Josh | editPublishers Weekly (Sep 3, 2007)
 
Livet som slave: Velbalansert historisk fiksjon om slavehandelen og ondskapens banalitet
added by annek49 | editDagbladet, Cathrine Krøger (Jun 29, 2006)
 

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Hill, Lawrenceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Howard, RobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sakulensky, LisaAuthor Photosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willems, IneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life.

--Deuteronomy 30:19
So geographers, in Afric-maps,

With savage-pictures fill their gaps;
And o'er unhabitable downs
Place elephants for want of towns.
--Jonathan Swift
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For my daughter, and kindred spirit, Genevieve Aminata
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I seem to have trouble dying.
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The Book of Negroes (2007) was published as Someone Knows My Name in the U.S.A, Australia, and New Zealand.
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Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom—and of the knowledge she needs to get home. Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for "adventurers" to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1,200 Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public. This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history.
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Editions: 0393065782, 0393333094

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