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Amma is the creator god, the master of life and death, and he is worried. His people have always known how to take care of the spirits of the dead – the nyama – so that they don't become destructive forces among the living. But amid the chaos of the African slave trade and the brutality of American slavery, too many of his people are dying and their souls are being ignored ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 21st 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
(first published March 1st 2006)
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Fascinating, poignant, sad story, with a good helping of hope and understanding thrown in. Weird "religion", but anything new is weird at first generally. Beautiful ideas, but I would not recommend it to a child who is confused about God or their beliefs. This book would only confuse them further. For someone who has a strong faith and/or belief in a higher power this book shares wonderful insight into differing views. I like that this book did not rest on the idea that Black and White are who w ...more
I had a hard time getting into the flow of this book. It is about the spirit of a man from Africa which transfers from person to person. Each time he moves into a new body, he has something he needs to accomplish. This has a strong African American base and is a good fantasy for everyone. I would recommend it be junior high level and above due to content about slavery and life as a slave.
Jan 07, 2010 Libby rated it really liked it · review of another edition
I don't remember many details about this (read in 2006, just now adding in 2010), but I remember that it was a very interesting mix of time travel, mysticism, and history. Very emotional.
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