When the Slave Esperança Garcia Wrote a Letter

Sonia Rosa (Author) Luciana Justiniana Hees (Illustrator)
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Product Details

$18.95  $17.43
Groundwood Books
Publish Date
October 06, 2015
8.9 X 10.1 X 0.6 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Sonia Rosa was born in Rio de Janeiro. She is a teacher with a specialty in reading, culture and African history. She has written more than 35 books, and her work has been recognized by the Brazilian chapter of the International Board on Books for Young People (FNLIJ) and the White Ravens Catalogue. She lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Luciana Justiniana Hees has illustrated a number of books with African and Afro-Brazilian themes. An exhibition of her work was held at the Franco-Mozambican Cultural Center in Maputo in 2010. Her short film O Salão Azul was selected for the International Film Festival in Rotterdam in 2011. She lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.


"Hees' richly hued illustrations show Afro-Brazilian influences in stylized background settings made of patterned bands and very dark-skinned figures with strong, composed features." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This important example of human courage will expand readers' knowledge of slavery while providing a clear example of resistance to oppression. An inspiring addition to history collections." -- School Library Journal

"Although no response to her letter is known, readers will find her perseverance and brave act of speaking out against oppression inspirational." -- Booklist

"Well told and visually rich." -- Foreword Reviews

"The universal sadness of the slave's story, together with Hees' arresting folkloric artwork that renders Esperança as a stalwart, dignified profile with a wide eye on the future, will draw in the audience." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"My name is Esperança Garcia.
Everybody has a story, and so do I.
I am a slave, married, with children. I used to live with my family in Fazenda dos Algodões -- a cotton farm. My owners were Jesuit priests.
After the priests had to return to Europe, my life took a turn for the worse."

-- from the book