Kemosha of the Caribbean
In 1668, a young Jamaican girl, Kemosha, secures her freedom from enslavement and finds her true self while sailing to Panama with the legendary Captain Morgan.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
"Inspired by accounts of women pirates, this fantastical tale represents the era's cruelty without romanticizing it. Kemosha's love and persistence combine with forceful action, the terror of harsh racism and passionate, colourful language."
--The Toronto Star
"Kemosha of the Caribbean is easily the best pirate tale I have ever encountered. If that seems a bold statement, its boldness pales in comparison to Kemosha's enduring bravery and steadfastness."
--Black Girls Create
"Wheatle's swashbuckling latest blends adventure, history, and poignancy . . . Well written and full of thrills, this cross between Margarita Engle's Hurricane Dancers and L. A. Meyer's Bloody Jack Adventures series will inspire hope and spark admiration."
In 1668, fifteen-year-old Kemosha is sold by a slave owner to a tavern keeper in Port Royal, Jamaica--the "wickedest city on earth." She soon flees from a brutal assault and finds herself in the company of a mysterious free Black man, Ravenhide, who teaches her the fine art of swordplay, introduces her to her soul mate, Isabella, and helps her win her freedom.
Ravenhide is a privateer for the notorious Captain Morgan aboard his infamous ship, the Satisfaction. At Ravenhide's encouragement, Morgan invites Kemosha to join them on a pillaging voyage to Panama. As her swashbuckling legend grows, she realizes she has the chance to earn enough to buy the freedom of her loved ones--if she can escape with her life . . .
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About the Author
Alex Wheatle is the author of several best-selling books including the young adult novels Cane Warriors and Home Girl, the modern classic Brixton Rock, and the multiaward-winning Crongton series. He is the subject of the historical drama film Alex Wheatle, which is part of filmmaker Steve McQueen's lauded anthology series Small Axe. His body of work is a finalist for the 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature and has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.