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The Old African by Julius Lester
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Mar 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2010, story, youth-fiction, youth-historical
Read in March, 2010

A beautiful but sorrowful and intense book about slavery and the myth/tale of one man who remembers the village in Africa and the trip on the slave ship and has the ability to remove the pain of others. Hard for me to figure out the age-appropriateness--there are gorgeous full-size illustrations that gives the feel of a picture book but the writing is intense and disturbing because of the horrible-ness of the time. Really worthwhile book.

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