As I stated in an earlier post, I LOVED The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. It is the first book I have chosen to read for the Chunkster Challenge. I normally choose books based on length, I am such a fast reader that I often need to have a long book so that I don't finish it in a night!
I enjoyed this book from both an historical point of view and for reading enjoyment. I almost wish that this book could be used in the Intermediate classroom! After 5 years of teaching the American Revolution, Loyalist migration and the history of the Underground Railroad, I throughly enjoyed reading this book and having such a wealth of background knowledge to bring to the experience. However, I think Hill's writing is so well-detailed and descriptive that any reader could have an enjoyable experience with this book.
The story is told from the first-person point of view of Aminata Diallo, an African woman who was kidnapped from her land and taken to America on a slave ship. My best friend felt that having a women's perspective told by a male author was awkward in parts, but I didn't get that feeling as I read. I appreciated how Hill's writing is able to grab your attention and make the reader a part of the action. My heart went out to Aminata time and time again as her life was being ripped apart. I would recommend this book as a Chunkster to anyone who is looking for a great book to read and who enjoys historical fiction!