A 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book. This gorgeous picture book by Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack and two-time Caldecott Medal-winning husband-and-wife team Leo and Diane Dillon is sure to become a treasured keepsake for African American families. Set in West Africa, this a lyrical story-in-verse is about a young black boy who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, and his father who is left behind to mourn the loss of his son. Here’s a beautiful, powerful, truly unforgettable story about family, memory, and freedom.
PATRICIA MCKISSACK is one of <i>the </i>most acclaimed authors writing for children today. She has written many award-winning books, including <i>Never Forgotten</i>, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book; <i>Porch Lies</i>, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book;<i> The Dark Thirty, </i>a Newbery Honor Book; <i>Let My People Go</i>, recipient of the NAACP Image Award; and <i>Mirandy and Brother Wind</i>, a Caldecott Honor Book. Her other books include<i> The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll, Goin’ Someplace Special</i>, and <i>Precious and the Boo Hag</i>. Patricia and her husband, Frederick McKissack, are the recipients of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.