Someone Knows My Name

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Someone Knows My Name
Author: Hill, Lawrence
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Time Period: Age of Revolutions
Time Frame: 1745-1802
Geographic Area: North America, Africa, Europe
Country: United States, Canada, Sierra Leone, Great Britain
Topics: American Revolution
Genre: Fiction
Reading Age: Young Adult, Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2007

American History > Age of Revolutions > American Revolution

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. "Wonderfully written...populated by vivid characters and rendered in fascinating detail." ―Nancy Kline, New York Times Book Review

Kidnapped from Africa as a child, Aminata Diallo is enslaved in South Carolina but escapes during the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan she becomes a scribe for the British, recording the names of blacks who have served the King and earned their freedom in Nova Scotia. But the hardship and prejudice of the new colony prompt her to follow her heart back to Africa, then on to London, where she bears witness to the injustices of slavery and its toll on her life and a whole people. It is a story that no listener, and no reader, will ever forget.

Published in Canada as The Book of Negroes and the basis for the award-winning BET miniseries of the same name.

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