A 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book"Forceful and iconic," raved Publishers Weekly in a starred review. 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 the Newbery Honor, Coretta Scott King-winning author of The Dark-Thirty and many other highly acclaimed books for children, including Goin' Someplace Special (CSK winner); Mirandy and Brother Wind (Caldecott Honor, CSK winner); Let My People Go (recipient of the NAACP Image Award); and Precious and the Boo Hag (ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book).LEO and DIANE DILLON have illustrated over 60 books for children and have received just about every honor and award imaginable. They are the winners of two Caldecott Medals (Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears and Ashanti to Zulu), five New York Times Best Illustrated Awards (including one for the Knopf book, The People Could Fly), and numerous Coretta Scott King Awards.