When the Slave Esperança Garcia Wrote a Letter

By ROSA, Sonia

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ISBN
9781554987290
Publisher
House of Anansi Groundwood


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2015  |  Elementary

Gr 3–6—A moving and potent picture book that brings to life a slave text. In 1770, Esperança Garcia, an enslaved Brazilian woman, wrote a letter to the governor complaining of mistreatment. She had been forcefully separated from her husband and older children when she was sold to a new owner, who beat her and her young son and refused to let them go to church. Yet unlike most slaves, she had been taught to read and write by her former masters, Jesuit priests who were later e...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

This is an important story of a slave woman who learned to read and write from Jesuit priests and later became the first African Brazilian...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 1, 2015

Sonia Rosa brings the story of "the courageous slave who wrote the first letter of petition in Afro-Brazilian Brazil" to a wider audience. The narration, primarily told in first person and in present tense, confronts slavery's inhumanity head-on, in an age-appropriate manner. Recounting living with her husband and children on a cotton farm owned by Jesuit priests, Esperanca Garcia says, "I can't lie. The priests did not treat my family so badly." She adds, "Yet I can't say I was happy, because for a slave, ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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