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by Fatima Shaik

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ISBN:
0803721064
Author:
Fatima Shaik
Category:
Literature & Fiction
Language:
English
Publisher:
Dial; 1st edition (October 1, 1997)
Pages:
160 pages
EPUB book:
1497 kb
FB2 book:
1978 kb
DJVU:
1977 kb
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Rating:
4.9
Votes:
921


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See a Problem? We’d love your help. Details (if other): Cancel. Thanks for telling us about the problem. by. Fatima Shaik (Goodreads Author). Melitte's days are filled with endless, grueling work, with scraps of food to eat and rags to wear.

Fatima Shaik is an American writer of children’s and adult literature, and former daily journalist. Her literature explores the human spirit and the intersection of cultures, notably themes of family, community, and justice. Publishers Weekly described her as knowledgeable and perceptive.

In 1772, thirteen-year-old Melitte must make the difficult decision of leaving her beloved little sister to escape her slave master after years of abuse on his small Louisiana farm. Other Books You Might Like

In 1772, thirteen-year-old Melitte must make the difficult decision of leaving her beloved little sister to escape her slave master after years of abuse on his small Louisiana farm. Other Books You Might Like.

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Fatima Shaik is a member of the Board of Trustees of PEN America, a literary human rights organization and co-chair of its Children’s and Young Adult Books Committee. She divides her time between her hometown of New Orleans and New York.

Melitte lives a difficult life as the slave of a fierce owner, but when the owner's daughter befriends Melitte, a strong bond forms, until she visits a neighboring plantation and discovers that freedom may be in her reach.
  • Alister
Since she was six, Melitte doesn't remember ever having a loving touch, only physical and mental abuse, rags for clothes, scraps of food, and labor that is beyond her capabilty. She realizes that she is "owned" by Monsieur and Madame Duroux, an unsusessful farmer and his mean, selfish wife. When Madame has a baby, Melitte is forced to care for the child as well as cook, clean, farm, and work in the fields with Monsieur. But Melitte and Marie love each other as equals, sisters; Melitte has finally found love. Only several years apart in age, Melitte teaches Marie a coding system that is sewn into her clothing. When the cabin burns, the family moves to the Preval plantation where Monsieur works as a share-cropper, at 13, Melitte questions her enslavement, an unappreciated orphan, and her fate as being unloved and decides to secretly sew clothes for Madame Preval for money for her freedom. Monsieur becomes become increasingly callous toward the girl, stealing the money she earned to purchase her freedom. Marie helps Melitte escape to a camp of runaways. They will remember each other by heart and memory forever.
This is my favorite story of all time. Even though Melitte is uneducated, she shows a greater knowledge of love, bravary, and loyality than of those who are educated. Marie is a strong character, who doesn't judge people by race, wealth, sex, beliefs, or social status, but by what's inside. Fatima Shaik paints a vivid picture of the psychological effects of slavery on the enslaved, slavers, and bystanderds of this dreadful, disgusting period of time. This story is very well researched. And I hope it will be more present on all library shelves everywhere in the furture.
  • Mr_KiLLaURa
I cannot believe more people do not know about this book! It one of the finest children's story about slavery I have ever read. It is just a lovely story. I got this book as an adult, but I wish I had been able to read it to my daughter when she was a child. I did recommend that she read it now as an adult. Melitte captures so many feeling that those of us who have a connection with New Orleans have problems expressing. Recently through my own research I have uncovered a history of one of my relatives stolen and sold into slavery as a young girl. This book tells a story as compelling as hers. I would recommend anyone who wants to understand a child's view of slavery to read this book.
  • Dddasuk
This is my favorite story of all time. Even though Melitte is uneducated, she shows a greater knowledge of love, bravary, and loyality than of those who are educated. Marie is a strong character, who doesn't judge people by race, wealth, sex, beliefs, or social status, but by what's inside. Fatima Shaik paints a vivid picture of the psychological effects of slavery on the enslaved, slavers, and bystanderds of this dreadful, disgusting period of time. This story is very well researched. And I hope it will be more present on all library shelves everywhere in the furture.