A 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, Never Forgotten is an affecting story of slavery from Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack. This "poetic celebration of loss and redemption" (Kirkus Reviews) takes place in West Africa, where a young boy is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Left behind, the boy's father faces his grief - but then hope springs from the darkness.
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by Patricia Hruby Powell
by Patricia McKissack, O.J. Moss
by Patricia McCormick
by Jerdine Nolen
by Suzanne Slade
by Roger Mader
by Matt De La Pena
by Suzanne Jurmain
by Nikki Grimes
by Julius Lester
by Tony Johnston
"Narrator Lizan Mitchell brings a graceful rhythm and lyrical lilt to this story poem about an African father, Dinga, a blacksmith, and his beloved son, Musafa. When Musafa is taken by slave traders, each of the Mother Elements who have helped to raise MusafaÑEarth, Fire, Water, and WindÑattempts to locate him and offer some solace for DingaÕs misery. MitchellÕs voice is complexÑrich yet gentle. She sounds playful and animated as young Musafa and the Mother Elements share time together. In the poignant moments, she varies her pacing and inflection, especially when the Mother Elements tell what they saw when they searched for their Òbeloved son.Ó MitchellÕs trailing-off phrases and long silences underscore the theme of the love and loss that families endure. A.R. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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