Nearer My Freedom: The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano by Himself

Millions of Africans were enslaved during the transatlantic slave trade, but few recorded their personal experiences. Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah… Read More →

  • Dewey: 306.3/62092 [B]
  • Copyright: 2023


“This combination of “found poetry” from Equiano’s autobiography and other writings and non-fiction essay reveals the depth of feeling held in Equiano’s heart as he suffered through kidnapping, transportation across the ocean to strange countries, and a… View →


“This flawless and well-composed performance is an invaluable addition to youth collections, giving listeners the important story of a truly remarkable man.”—starred, Booklist, audio book published by Listening Library View →


“[T]he story makes for compelling reading that moves quickly. . . . This important and unique work introduces this pivotal man to a new audience and will make for interesting classroom discussions.”—starred, School Library Journal View →


“Monica Edinger and Lesley Younge—former fourth grade co-teachers—brilliantly transform the autobiography into ‘found poems’ by cutting and rearranging Equiano’s original into verse . . . Their deft transformation of Equiano’s odyssey is well-equipped to… View →


“This moving found-verse adaptation of the formerly enslaved Equiano’s 1789 memoir makes a seminal work of history accessible to young readers.”—New York Times Book Review View →


“In this unique work of nonfiction, Edinger and Younge transform the words of Olaudah Equiano’s 1789 autobiographical slavery narrative into found-verse poetry. . . . [An] absorbing, singular creation.”—starred, Booklist View →


“Without losing the source text’s emotional heft, Edinger and Younge’s visceral poems respectfully provide an effective entry point into the seminal work.”—starred, Publishers Weekly View →


“Highly readable as well as informative. An excellent way to understand a remarkable individual and his times.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews View →