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by Walter Dean Myers

This is a very unusual and relatively unknown but important piece of history that takes place just after the ending of slavery. A girl in an African country, Dahomey (now Benin), about to be sacrificed in a ceremony is seen by the English army officer, Captain Frederick Forbes who is attending the event. When the King points out that the girl in the cage is actually a princess, the Captain is horrified and said he didn't think that Queen Victoria would approve of that at all. The King then gives the princess to the Queen, "This Black King gives your White Queen this African Princess".

On return to England, the Captain takes her to Buckingham Palace. Queen Victoria gave her the name of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, placed her with a middle-class family and took a close interest in her for the rest of her life, including inviting her to the palace regularly to play with her children and later becoming godmother to her child, Vicky.

The author, Walter Dean Myers who primarily specialises in African-American Young Adult literature - and has won every major prize in this category - also writes in the genre of biography, history and poetry was in an antiques shop in London when he discovered a letter and the photographs with which this book is illustrated and followed up on the story. It is fascinating from many points of view, not least the fact that no one seems to be racist. As its written by a black man, I presume that he isn't putting a contemporary gloss on the non-racist attitudes of all the people she met and grew up with but that in the UK at that time, racism was not a common sentiment.

For more about Africans in the UK before and during Victorian times, see http://www.blackhistorymonthuk.co.uk/...

Edit: 19 Jan 2013 because I had a factual error pointed out.

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PublisherScholastic Press
Release date 01.02.1999
Pages count160
eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
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