Time's Memory by Julius Lester

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Amma is the creator god, the master of life and death, and he is worried. His people have always known how to take care of the spirits of the dead - the nyama - so that they don't become destructive forces among the living. But amid the chaos of the African slave trade and the brutality of American slavery, too many of his people are dying and their souls are being ignored in this new land. Amma sends a young man, Ekundayo, to a plantation in Virginia where he becomes a slave on the eve of the Civil War. Amma hopes that Ekundayo will be able to find a way to bring peace to the nyama before it is too late. But Ekundayo can see only sorrow in this land - sorrow in the ownership of people, in the slaves who have been separated from their children and spouses, in the restless spirits of the dead, and in his own forbidden relationship with his master's daughter.

How Ekundayo finds a way to bring peace to both the dead and the living makes this an unforgettable journey into the slave experience and Julius Lester's most powerful work to date.

Time's Memory is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.


About Julius Lester

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Renowned storyteller Julius Lester lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has won a Newbery Honor, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and many other honors. Geraldo Valério lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Published March 21, 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 245 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, History, Children's Books. Fiction

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Ekundayo is a spirit inside an African woman on a slave ship coming to America.

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These otherworldly events set the stage for the nyama's subsequent journey from the captain's South Carolina home to a Virginia plantation, where, with the help of the god Amma, Ekundayo comes to rest within Nat, a slave in love with his master's daughter.

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During a storm on a slave ship, a kind-hearted if desperate captain named Josiah hears the voice of his dead wife instructing him to take one of the slaves and hide her and the child she carries.

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Josiah, a white captain of a slave ship, agrees to help Amina, a black slave on one of his ships, in order to calm a storm.

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