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The Door of No Return

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Moving verse tale of an African boy's capture into slavery.

Graphic image of bird in flight and waves

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Understanding the past to create the future.

Beautiful story, expressed with amazing poetry. Good way for kids to understand the past. 10/10 would recommend.

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This novel in verse is relatable, moving, and sometimes difficult to stomach. In The Door of No Return, Kwame Alexander highlights one of the less-often-explored human costs of the trans-Atlantic slave trade: the quality and fabric of the lives people left behind when taken to west as slaves. The beauty of the language makes it easier to endure some of the graphic scenes. This may be appropriate for mature younger readers despite the violent moments, which are included to give an unflinching look at historical realities.

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