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London 1800. Jupiter is young, black, living at the African Academy in Clapham with other boys from wealthy Sierra Leonean families. His life is a mixture of privilege and dispossession as he copes with the cruelty of his teachers, the rivalries and tensions among his diverse schoolmates and the guilt over the death of his brother.
Paperback, 218 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Hodder Children's Books
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I loved the detail of the setting. And the world of Black Georgian London. I loved how snotty and stubborn Jupiter could be compared to his brother. It definitely doesn’t pull any punches in terms of the violence and danger a young black boy like Jupiter might face alone in London with no money or prospects. I really enjoyed it. *This Is definitely a YA story.
Danell Jones
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
S.I. Martin is a brilliant Black British historian, and this is his young adult novel about African boys trying to survive in London at the turn of the 19th century.
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, young-adult
Fourteen-year-old Jupiter is a rather spoiled rich boy at the African Academy in Clapham, England in 1800, ignorant of the reality outside his comfortable bubble. But then his younger brother get kidnapped by slavers and everything changes.[return][return]I really enjoyed this a lot. The writing is great and didn't have that typical YA feel to it at all, and Jupiter is a great (if not very likable) character. In many ways it's a typical "riches to rags" sort of adventure story, but it's made uni ...more
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