My Name Is Not Angelica

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In this historical novel set in the Virgin Islands of 1733, Raisha escapes from her Dutch "owners" in time to witness the mass suicide of her fellow slaves, who prefer death to recapture.

Relates the experiences of a young Senegalese girl brought as a slave to the Danish owned Caribbean island of St. John as she participates in the slave revolt of 1733-1734.

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Overview

In this historical novel set in the Virgin Islands of 1733, Raisha escapes from her Dutch "owners" in time to witness the mass suicide of her fellow slaves, who prefer death to recapture.

Relates the experiences of a young Senegalese girl brought as a slave to the Danish owned Caribbean island of St. John as she participates in the slave revolt of 1733-1734.

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"O'Dell, like a conjurer, weaves worlds out of words . . . [He] doesn't spare readers any of the grim realities of slavery; the details . . . are at times almost unbearably painful . . . The ending . . . is so powerful, so searing, it will leave readers stunned." Publishers Weekly
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In a boxed review, PW said, ``O'Dell's story is ultimately life-affirming, a moving tribute to the dignity of the human spirit. It is a magnificent tale, superbly told by a grand master of historical fiction.'' Ages 10-14. (Oct.)
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Gr 6-8-- Raisha, a 16-year-old Senegalese girl, is betrothed to Konje, the young king of her tribe. They are betrayed by a rival ruler, sold to slavers, and taken to the Danish Virgin Islands. The island is plagued by drought, and the owners of the plantation to which both she and her lover have been sold are listless, indifferent managers. The slaves are controlled with acts of cruelty and torture which are mandated by the local governor, but many have escaped to isolated encampments from which they communicate through African talking drums. Konje escapes and quickly becomes the leader in a nearby camp, and Raisha later joins him as both the cruel punishments and revolution grow. The rebel slaves are able to ward off a first, half-hearted attack but are then trapped by a troop of French soldiers from nearby Martinique. Facing almost certain torture and death, the slaves throw themselves from the cliffs into the sea--all except Raisha who chooses to save the life of her unborn child. The events portrayed are dramatic, and the story is a compelling indictment of slavery, but unfortunately, none of the characters achieve full dimension. The detached narrative style which O'Dell has used effectively in past novels serves here to hold readers at a distance and limits any sense of the emotions Raisha would experience under such painful circumstances. Many events (such as the long journey from Africa) are passed over so quickly that there's little sense of time or the suffering involved. Still, the novel gives a clear picture of historic events which are unfamiliar to many readers and shows once again the dehumanizing effect slavery had on both slaves and their owners. --Eleanor K. MacDonald, Beverly Hills Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547406305
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/3/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 777,756
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

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    A 6th grader from Glendale, AZ

    My Name Is Not Angelica by Scott O'Dell, is a bizarre story about your physical, mental, and emotional strength. The main character is a girl from Africa. Strange enough, sixteen year old Raisha's father is a king, whose family owns slaves themelves. Unfortunately Raisha, her love Konje, and a friend Dondo, have been captured as slaves. Raisha notices that most of her people (in her village) have been also captured! When Raisha is sold to a slave owner on the island of St. John, she is told about a group of escapees, who are planning to rebel. Konje soon escapes to the camp and has given Raisha his word for returning. The "slave" days were very boring and regular, after Konje left, until the governer has passed new laws. New laws that are persuading the slaves/runaways to come back to their owners. In this book you will realise that freedom is more than death, and that if your life is going to make a difference in the future, or someday change the world, it's very much worth it! I very much enjoyed this book because it opened my eyes, of what life back then what have been like, and the challenges these people have faced. This book did teach me what the word sacfrifice really means, and a tremendous deal of knowledge and history! In the end, I believe that Raisha, transformed from a sixteen year old girl, from a very strong woman. Raisha has transformed, from many views in this story. From being "royalty" in Africa, to treating other people like "royalty" and never being able to speak whats on your mind! I would very much like it if there was a sequel to this book, I would really enjoy a sequel because, I would enjoy seeing this book, in other point of views (from other characters in this story). If you read this story... I hope it teaches you a very valuable lesson(s), similar to my experience and my admired appreciation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2010

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    I am a 6th grade student in Glendale, AZ and this is a good book.

    I read the book My Name is not Angelica by Scott O'Dell. It's about a girl named Raisha and her father, Konje. They and a few others are stripped from their land in Africa bound and blindfolded, then chucked on a canoe headed for God's Adventure, a boat full of Africans to become slaves on the islands of either St. Thomas or St. John. When the boat got to the harbor of St. Thomas Konje, Raisha, and their family slave Dondo were sold to the Van Prok's of St. John where they would become either house servants or workers of the field. Konje doesn't want to be a worker on the field or a house servant though, so he escapes to the runaway slave camp on Mary Point and plans a revolt against all planters. Soon about half of the slaves on St. John are at Mary Point ready for the revolt, but then a battle breaks out between the French and the runaways of Mary Point. The main character in My Name is not Angelica is Raisha. She is a sixteen year old girl from the Barato tribe in Africa. Raisha is also daughter of a sub chief in the Barato tribe. The book takes place in Africa and the islands of St. Thomas and St. John. The time is around the year of 1733. The theme of the book is loss of innocence, man vs. society, and man vs. man. I liked this book because it was constantly changing and it was really exciting. I connected to this book in two ways. One way is text to self, sometimes it seems like I have to do everything for everyone. Another way I connected to this book is text to text. I've read books that either have slaves in them, a character in the book has to do everything for everyone else, or someone in the book is treated badly. I've also read some books that are like this one and they are Mississippi Bridge, The Breadwinner, and Island of the Blue Dolphins which is also written by Scott O'Dell. You should read all of these books as well as My Name is not Angelica because they're all really, really, really awesome books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    SCOTT O' DELL

    This book was totally awesome, dude. I read it 3 times. I was like so happy that I read this book for my project.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2000

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    I'M 12 YEARS OLD.I'M IN 7TH GRADE. RECENTLY WE WERE GIVEN A PROJECT IN READING/HISTORY AND IT WAS A ORAL BOOK REPORT. WHEN WE CHOSE OUR BOOK, I GRABED 'MY NAME IS NOT ANGELICA' BASICLY BECAUSE IT WAS SHORT! I THOUGHT THAT I WAS GOING TO HATE THE BOOK WHEN I FIRST BEGAN TO READ IT. THEN I GOT MORE AND MORE INTERSESTED IN IT AND READ IT LIKE ALL DAY LONG. TOMORROW I WILL DO MY BOOK REPORT AND I'M CONFIDENT IN THE BOOK THAT I CHOSE! THAT IS WHY I WANTED TO MAKE A REVIEW ON THIS BOOK. I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU READ IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

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    Love this book. Its really good,kind of sad though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2010

    Book Changed My Life

    I went to basically an all white school... the only black kids were brothers and were teased often because of thier color.... i used to be among the tyrants who made thier life hell but after reading this heartfelt story i realised there is no difference between skin we are all the same and no one should be treated differently because of it... excelent read and it will have you crying durring the story specially at the end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

    Loved it!

    This book was awesome. It kept my intrest from the beginning to the very end...

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