The Captive by Joyce Hansen

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In a novel based on a true story of an African-born slave in the early nineteenth century, Kofi Kwame Paul's extraordinary life extends from his native village, to a New England town, and back to Africa.

About Joyce Hansen

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Joyce Hansen is a distinguished author of many books for children, both fiction and nonfiction, who specializes in African American History. Four of her books have received Coretta Scott King Honors, including "Which Way Freedom, " the first book in the Obi and Easter trilogy.
Published January 1, 1994 by Scholastic. 195 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Romance. Fiction

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 Loosely basing her story on an early slave narrative, the author of Which Way Freedom? (1986) and other evocations of the African-American experience describes the trials and triumphs of an Ashanti chieftain's son who is sold into slavery, transported to postcolonial Massachusetts (where slaver...

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in a starred review, PW said that the story ""offers a deeply moving, Afrocentric perspective on the brutal inequities of American life in the nation's earliest years-and now.'' Ages 9-12.

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The carefree existence of narrator Kofi, the 12-year-old son of a West African Ashanti chief, is shattered when the family's slave sells him to a slave trader in 1788. Recaptured after a brief escape,

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