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.
[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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