Synopses & Reviews
"O'Dell, like a conjurer, weaves worlds out of words . . . [He] doesn't spare readers any of the grim realities of slavery; the details . . . are at times almost unbearably painful . . . The ending . . . is so powerful, so searing, it will leave readers stunned." Publishers Weekly
In this historical novel set in the Virgin Islands of 1733, Raisha escapes from her Dutch "owners" in time to witness the mass suicide of her fellow slaves, who prefer death to recapture.
About the Author
Scott O'Dell's books have entertained and enlightened millions of readers, all over the world. The master storyteller and writer has shared his thoughts with young adults in books ranging from historical fiction to gothic romances. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1960 Newbery Medal for his first book, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, an award originated and donated by the author to honor distinguished works of historical fiction.