Ajeemah and His Son by James Berry
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A father and his eighteen-year-old son are each affected differently by their experiences as slaves in Jamaica in the early nineteenth century.

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James Berry has received the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to poetry and the Signal Poetry Award for his children's poetry. His previous poetry collections, When I Dance and Everywhere Faces Everywhere, were published to rave reviews in the United States. His many awards and honors include the 1993 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction for his novel Ajeemah and His Son and a 1989 Coretta Scott King Honor for his collection of short stories A Thief in the Village and Other Stories of Jamaica. James Berry was born and raised in Jamaica and now lives in Brighton, England.
Published October 1, 1992 by Harpercollins Childrens Books. 83 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Ajeemah is taking his son Atu to be wed when they are seized by slavers and shipped to separate plantations in Jamaica.

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With its very first line--``That wiping out of Atu and Sisi's wedding was always going to be one of the painful happenings''--this poignant narrative takes on the age-old voice of a folktale.

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