Parents' Guide to

The Book of Negroes

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Riveting slavery epic is artful, sobering, and inspiring.

Movie NR 2015 265 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+


The series presents an awesome insight into the perils, struggles, and triumphs of blacks caught up in the slave trade, trying to flee, making their new lives amid the other conflicts of colonial North America, and advocating for themselves in Britain. The lead actress is nothing short of masterfully powerful. The supporting cast doesn't disappoint either. The strong language and violence is alm ost necessary to make things authentic. The only scenes that were a little unecessarily graphic were the simulated sex scenes, which I wouldn;t wnt to watc with my young teenagers, otherwise I'd probably rate it 13+.

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age 11+

Educational and factual

This is a excellent educational and factual book of history . The world should never forget the slavery of all our ancestors . A great read and very touching account of historical events

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This miniseries is easily one of the best things to happen to television in quite some time. It's based on Canadian author Lawrence Hill's award-winning novel of the same name (originally published in the United States under the title Someone Knows My Name). Not only does it tell a compelling story about a little-known aspect of American (and Canadian) history, it also tells it astonishingly well, aided by fine performances, stunning art direction, and a gripping narrative that both inspires and educates.

These days, that's a rare combination, so it goes without saying that The Book of Negroes is an instant classic that's worth your time and attention. But the miniseries' realistic depictions of violence and abuse, although historically accurate, could be too graphic for some younger teens, so be sure to know your kids in advance, and talk to them afterward to help them sort through complex emotions and lingering questions.

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