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The Old African
by Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney

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    List Price: $21.99
    Format: Hardcover, 80 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9780803725645
    Imprint: Dial
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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    Book Description:
    No one on the plantation had ever heard the Old African’s voice, yet he had spoken to all of them in their minds. For the Old African had the power to see the color of a person’s soul and read his thoughts as if they were words on a page. Now it was time to act—time to lead his fellow slaves to the Water-That-Stretched-Forever, and from there back to Africa. Back to their home.Based on legend and infused with magical realism, this haunting tale is beautiful in both its language and its images. Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney have found a new, extraordinary way to express the horrors of slavery and the hope and strength that managed to overcome its grip.

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