Nearer My Freedom (To be released March 2023)
Millions of Africans were enslaved during the transatlantic slave trade, but few recorded their personal experiences. Olaudah Equiano’s The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is perhaps the most well known of the autobiographies that exist. Using this narrative as a primary source text, authors Monica Edinger and Lesley Younge share Equiano’s life story in found verse, supplemented with annotations to give readers historical context. This poetic approach provides interesting analysis and synthesis, helping readers to better understand the original text. Follow Equiano from his life in Africa as a child to his enslavement at a young age, his travels across the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, his liberation, and his life as a free man.
A-Train Allen (To be released March 2023)
Everyone in the neighborhood knows Allen is the fastest kid around. As soon as school lets out, he’s racing through the park, past the library, and down the sidewalks. They call him A-Train because he’s practically faster than the subway. ZOOM! But where is Allen off to every afternoon? Got somewhere to be! Got somewhere to be! he calls. Race through the city with A-Train and discover what finally gets him to slow down. An Own Voices, Own Stories Grand Prize winner.