Mariano and his friends are helping their parents turn an old Brazilian coffee plantation into an inn. The children sleep in a shed, which is being converted into guest rooms. One night they hear crying. Gradually, the ghost of Rosario, a young slave from the late 1800s appears to them and tells the story of why she is so sad.
Hans Christian Andersen Award-winning author Ana Maria Machado's storytelling skills and social conscience come together in this powerful and moving book that reveals the evil of slavery in a real, immediate and unforgettable way.
Ana Maria Machado is one of the world's most distinguished writers for children, with over one hundred books published in her native Brazil and in more than eighteen other countries. She has won the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the SM Iberoamerican Children's Literature Award, and she has been elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters — the first writer for children to be so honored. She has also been chosen for the honor list of the highly prestigious Dutch Prince Claus Award. Groundwood has published three of her novels, Me in the Middle (Américas Award Commended List), From Another World and Until the Day Arrives, and her picture books Wolf Wanted, which won the FNLIJ Hors Concours, and What a Party! Ana Maria lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Lucia Brandao is an illustrator in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Luisa Baeta is a Brazilian translator.
[The] author has built a suspensive, compelling tale involving a group of present-day Brazilian children. - Globe and Mail
...offers a fascinating picture of Brazil's culture and history, cleverly wrapped in a ghost story. - School Library Journal
...this is a finely written mystery/ghost story that's also an unusual exploration of the aftereffects of slavery...readable on its own merits but also ripe for use within classrooms and reading clubs. - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Expressionistic black-and-white illustrations impart an otherworldly flavor to this all-too-real ghost tale of human cruelty and redemptive decency. - Horn Book
One of Brazil's best known writers mixes magical realism with history to tell about the evils of slavery. - Publishers Weekly
The author's descriptions of slaves escaping from the owner of the plantation and the details of life as a slave are well crafted and moving. - Multicultural Review
This book is a must read. - Resource Links
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