In the Time of the Drums by Kim L. Siegelson
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Mentu has never known Africa. He is an island-born boy. But Grandmother Twi, she has Africa in her blood—and she shares the old magic of her home through songs and stories. One day, a slave ship docks on the shore of the island where Mentu lives. Like Twi, the people inside yearn to return to Africa.  Will old magic help them break their chains and cross the ocean to freedom?  

Certain to inspire for years to come, In the Time of the Drums tells a spellbinding story of strength in slavery times. An essential addition to library and family collections, this arrives just in time for Black History Month.

About Kim L. Siegelson

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Kim Siegelson grew up hearing the unforgettable account of Africans walking into the water near Georgia's Sapelo Island, the story upon which In The Time of the Drums is based. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Brian Pinkney ( is the illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Books Duke Ellington and The Faithful Friend, among others. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his children and his wife Andrea, with whom he often collaborates on books.
Published March 15, 1999 by Jump At The Sun. 32 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pinkneys (The Faithful Friend) finely etched art dramatically captures the storys simultaneous sadness and hope, contrasting such images as the ships shadowy hold with a narrow opening of sun-filled sky where Twis drumbeats fill the air, and Twi leading the Ibo people into a swirling, yet smooth ...

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