"Africa is My Home" with Monica Edinger

Author and former Peace Corp volunteer Monica Edinger visits Bank Street Bookstore to present her historical novel, Africa Is My Home: A Child of The Amistad.

When a drought hits her homeland in Sierra Leone, nine-year-old Magulu is sold as a pawn by her father in exchange for rice. But before she can work off her debt, an unthinkable chain of events unfolds.

Narrated in a remarkable first-person voice, this fictionalized book of memories of a real-life figure retells history through the eyes of a child -- from seeing mirrors for the first time and struggling with laughably complicated clothing to longing for family and a home she never forgets.

Lush, full-color illustrations by Robert Byrd, plus archival photographs and documents, bring an extraordinary journey to life.

Monica Edinger is an educator and reviews children’s books for the New York Times, The Horn Book, and other publications. She began her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone. Monica Edinger lives and works in New York City.

Robert Byrd is the illustrator of the Newbery Medal–winning Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz as well as numerous other award-winning books. He lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Event date: 
Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 2:30pm
Event address: 
610 W 112th St
10025 New York
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By Monica Edinger, Robert Byrd (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763650384
Availability: Unavailable from our store
Published: Candlewick - October 8th, 2013

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