The Kidnapped Prince

The Life of Olaudah Equiano

By Olaudiah Equiano; Ann Cameron (Adapted by); Ann Cameron
(Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780375803468, 160pp.)

Publication Date: January 25, 2000

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Kidnapped at the age of 11 from his home in Benin, Africa, Olaudah Equiano spent the next 11 years as a slave in England, the U.S., and the West Indies, until he was able to buy his freedom. His autobiography, published in 1789, was a bestseller in its own time. Cameron has modernized and shortened it while remaining true to the spirit of the original. It's a gripping story of adventure, betrayal, cruelty, and courage. In searing scenes, Equiano describes the savagery of his capture, the appalling conditions on the slave ship, the auction, and the forced labor. . . . Kids will read this young man's story on their own; it will also enrich curriculum units on history and on writing.




About the Author
Equiano was born in Ghana, he was captured and sent as a slave to the United States where he worked on a plantation in Mississippi before converting to Christianity which eventually led to his freedom.

ANN CAMERON is the author of fifteen books, including "The Stories Julian Tells," a JLG selections, and "The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods," a National Book Award finalist. She grew up in a small town on a lake in northern Wisconsin--Rice Lake. she's lived for the past twenty years in a small town on a lake in the Guatemalan highlands. To write "Colibr"i, she traveled to many places in Guatemala where the book is set, crawled around in dark caves, including one where a real Mayan treasure had been found, and consulted Mayan calender diviners.

ANN CAMERON is the author of fifteen books, including "The Stories Julian Tells," a JLG selections, and "The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods," a National Book Award finalist. She grew up in a small town on a lake in northern Wisconsin--Rice Lake. she's lived for the past twenty years in a small town on a lake in the Guatemalan highlands. To write "Colibr"i, she traveled to many places in Guatemala where the book is set, crawled around in dark caves, including one where a real Mayan treasure had been found, and consulted Mayan calender diviners.


Praise For The Kidnapped Prince

"Kidnapped at the age of 11 from his home in Benin, Africa, Olaudah Equiano spent the next 11 years as a slave in England, the U.S., and the West Indies, until he was able to buy his freedom. His autobiography, published in 1789, was a bestseller in its own time. Cameron has modernized and shortened it while remaining true to the spirit of the original. It's a gripping story of adventure, betrayal, cruelty, and courage. In searing scenes, Equiano describes the savagery of his capture, the appalling conditions on the slave ship, the auction, and the forced labor. . . . Kids will read this young man's story on their own; it will also enrich curriculum units on history and on writing."
--Booklist, Boxed Review

"The inspired simplicity of Cameron's adaptation quickly allows Equiano's gifted voice to establish a compelling relationship between himself and young readers. Well-sculpted with detail . . . his story is a must for multicultural or history collections."--School Library Journal

"Readers . . . will be fascinated by the details in this account."--The Bulletin

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