The Walls of Cartagena

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The Walls of Cartagena

By Julia Durango; Tom Pohrt (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416941026, 152pp.

Publication Date: July 29, 2008

Description
Calepino was blessed with good fortune. After his mother died giving birth to him on a slave ship, he was taken in by a wealthy woman who gave him every advantage. Then on his thirteenth birthday, Father Pedro, a devout priest, asks Calepino to assist him with the slaves coming into Cartagena. Soon he's fighting seasickness, living in squalor, and cursing every minute. That all begins to change when he meets Mara and Tomi, a mother and son who remind him of his own past.
When Tomi and Mara are sold to a cruel man, Calepino is more determined than ever to find a way to save them. Will this be his chance to change someone else's fortune, or will he put them all in more peril?
Richly detailed and researched, Julia Durango's gripping first novel brings to life what it means to be truly free.


About the Author
Julia Durango lives in Ottawa, Illinois, with her two teenage sons. She first fell in love with video games when she bought a Nintendo 64 for her oldest son, Kyle, on the birth of his baby brother, Ryan. Many hours of game play and several game systems later, both boys have long surpassed Julia in video-gaming prowess, though she still clings to a time when Kyle would beg her to beat the bosses for him in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Ryan envied her super-posh village in Animal Crossing.

Tom Pohrt is the illustrator of the "New York Times" bestseller "Crow and Weasel" by Barry Lopez and "The Wishing Bone and Other Poems" by Stephen Mitchell. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife and daughter.