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The Middle Passage by Tom Feelings
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Jul 27, 07

bookshelves: ya, historical-fiction
Read in July, 2007

This book fits into a genre that perplexes librarians around the country: picture books for older readers. This wordless picture book is absolutely a book for readers in middle and high school (and older), addressing a mature, disturbing topic and including illustrations that portray the worst aspects of humanity. The black and white drawings tell the story of slave trade and trans-Atlantic transportation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The artwork is powerful and moving, telling its story with a strong voice that does not need any words.
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