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From Another World

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  56 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Rosario had no shadow. I remember noticing this very clearly and telling myself that I didn't need to have goose bumps. This wasn't important. Peter Pan didn't have a shadow, either, and he was a good guy. But I couldn't take my eyes off the wall, as if I were staring at a movie on a big screen. The light from the candle cast shadows from all four of us. But it went right ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published February 2nd 2005 by Groundwood Books (first published 2002)
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Nov 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers
Although the peek into Brazilian slave history was interesting to me (after all, at least in America, you rarely think about slavery existing anywhere else), there are a few bothersome parts to this book that keep me from rating it any higher. For one thing, I understand the need to provide a narrator/protagonist with whom the reader can relate, so the fact that a young, modern boy is our lens for Rosario's tragedy is fine with me. The problem is when he says he doesn't even like books or readin ...more
Alma Martinez
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I would estimate the reading level of this book to be at about 4th grade. Although this book could be called a "ghost story," I feel that would be an over-simplistic label. Yes, the story centers around a ghost, but there are much larger issues going on.

If the reader is familiar with ghost stories then he knows that the ghost's spirit is trapped in this world because of some unresolved issue from his or her life. The ghost in this book is named Rosario. During her life she was forced to be a sl
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This story was slow to grab me at the beginning. There were some awkward translations and dialogue, which distracted me from the story. However, once I got about a third of the way in, the story picked up and I began to enjoy it. A group of children in Brazil encounter the ghost of a former slave who tells them her story. In the process the children learn about the past history of the land on which they live, and about the history of slavery in Brazil. I was surprised to learn that slavery didn' ...more
Jim March
Jul 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: international
From Another World tells the story of four friends who encounter a ghost on an old coffee plantation-turned-bed-and-breakfast type of hotel in Brazil, owned by Leo and Elisa's grandmother. The ghost comes first in the form of a whimper in the night, but gradually reveals herself to the children. Rosario was a girl who worked as a slave on the coffee plantation some hundred-plus years ago. As the kids learn how to summon Rosario, who has been dying to talk to someone, they learn how to help her c ...more
Tricia Douglas
This was a book for the Goodreads international children's book group. It was well-written for children wanting to know about the issue of slavery in Brazil in the 1800s. The character that speaks to this issue is a ghost which would also interest children and give them a reason to listen to her story. This was a new subject for me and I learned a lot as to why the Portuguese came to Brazil and why this is the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas. I did enjoy the way the book was pre ...more
Jocelyn Morales
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
In From Another World tells the story of four friends who encounter a ghost on an old coffee plantation that was turned into a bed and breakfast that was owned by Leo and Elisa's grandmother.Rosario the ghost, was a lady who worked as a slave on the coffee plantation a long time ago.As all four of the friends learn how to deal with Rosario they are not scared of her they know she just wants to talk to someone, they learn how to help her come to rest peacefully, and the story of Rosario serves as ...more
Emily Hollander
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Genre: International
Award: Hans Christian Anderson Award
Grade Level: 5-6

This book can be useful in my classroom because it discusses the issues of slavery that existed in the country of Brazil in the late 1800's. Students will be able to understand that slavery was once a worldwide issue; it was not just in the United States. They will also be exposed to this knowledge from an author who is a native to Brazil. This will enliven their reading experience because of the author's credibility. For a
L13F_Jana Wilkening
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This Is the first book that I read for our class that I thought was just okay. It was definitely authentic and written by an insider. The author did a good job of weaving together a ghost story with history on the evils of slavery. However I found the narration by one of the characters to distract from the storyline. I also felt it moved too slowly and I wanted more historical info and less side commentary from the narrator who continued to reexplain that he had never written before and he was j ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
upper elementary. This is a short ghost story about slavery in Brazil. It is a quick read...but does show the evils of slavery and gives a glimpse into the process that Brazil took to end slavery. I liked how the story was tied together in the end.
Jul 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: international
Read in hardcover, good for 4th-8th grade.

I would also recommend Me in the Middle by Ana Maria Machado and Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan.
Karla Strand
Jan 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Brazilian tale of slavery, freedom, and family. Quick read; simple yet fulfilling.
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Ana Maria Machado was born in 1941 in Rio de Janeiro and is, alongside Lygia Bojunga Nunes and Ruth Rocha, one of the most significant children's book authors in Brazil. She started her career as a painter in Rio de Janeiro and New York City. After studying Romance languages she did a PhD with Roland Barthes at the 'École pratique des hautes études' in Paris. She worked as journalist for the magaz ...more
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