Africa is my Home: A Child of the Amistad

If you have a child in your life, this is a wonderful book to get and read with them.   “Inspired by a true account, here is the compelling story of a child who arrives in America on the slave ship Amistad —and eventually makes her way home to Africa.”

edinger coverAuthor Monica Edinger is a fellow Friend of Sierra Leone and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. We both made our first trip back to Sierra Leone together in 2011 after many years.  We were privileged to visit the ruins of Bunce Island, an old slave fort in the Freetown harbor from where captives like Magru, the girl in her book would have been shipped. Truly amazing.

I read about Magru’s story after I returned home,  She was an actual nine year old girl in Sierra Leone sold into slavery, sailing on the Amistad ship to Cuba in 1839.  You may recall the Amistad story from Spielberg’s movie of the same name, where captive slaves were able to revolt, take over the ship, and in trying to return to Africa, ended up in the U. S.  Fortunately, the northern U. S. , where their diplomatic and legal case ended up going to the Supreme Court.

It’s most interesting to read stories like this one of the Amistad and the nine year old girl, Magru, from the African perspective.  I’ve learned a lot about this chapter of Sierra Leone’s history in reading various things; but that can be for future posts.

You can read this story of a nine year girl on the Amistad ship in Monica’s beautifully illustrated book with your kids.  You’ll probably learn something yourselves. Thank you, Monica.

You can watch Monica’s Trailer linked here.

5 thoughts on “Africa is my Home: A Child of the Amistad

  1. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading
    it, you can be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog
    and will come back in the future. I want to
    encourage you to definitely continue your great writing, have a nice day!


    • Thanks, Maribel. I’ll keep writing, but not to be a great author. I write to inform people on life in rural Sierra Leone and promote the work Sherbro Foundation is doing there. I hope you’ll return and read more about the projects we’re doing there in 2014.


    • Hi, Monica. I’ve been seeing some good press on your book since I got back from my Nov trip to SL. Especially the NYT ten best children’s books on Africa. That was great to see! I’m sure they’ll be more. It’s a beautiful book that informs, too.


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