Cane Warriors (Hardback)Alex Wheatle (author)
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Based on the true story of an eighteenth-century slave uprising, Wheatle’s propulsive novel centres on the teenage Moa and the challenging decisions he must make as a ‘cane warrior’ fighting for freedom from the Jamaican plantations.
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2022
Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2021
Longlisted for the Jhalak Children’s & Young Adult Prize 2021
Nobody free till everybody free.
Moa is fourteen. The only life he has ever known is toiling on the Frontier sugar cane plantation for endless hot days, fearing the vicious whips of the overseers. Then one night he learns of an uprising, led by the charismatic Tacky.
Moa is to be a cane warrior, and fight for the freedom of all the enslaved people in the nearby plantations. But before they can escape, Moa and his friend Keverton must face their first great task: to kill their overseer, Misser Donaldson. Time is ticking, and the day of the uprising approaches ...
Irresistible, gripping and unforgettable, Cane Warriors follows the true story of Tacky's War in Jamaica, 1760.
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 22 mm
'The importance of this book cannot be overstated. Alex Wheatle takes the truth, and creates fiction to illuminate that truth. He too is a warrior. A word warrior. I saw my ancestors in this book, and now I know that Alex and I really are brothers.' - Benjamin Zephaniah
'Alex Wheatle writes from a place of honesty and passion with the full knowledge and understanding that change can only happen through words and actions' - Steve McQueen
'It's passionate, important and Wheatle's best novel yet' - The Times
'A vivid and unforgettable fight for freedom, seen through the eyes of 14-year-old Moa, Wheatle's tale gives voice to those seldom heard' - The Observer
'Superb ... [An] affecting story of courage, bloodshed and commitment to freedom at all costs' - The Guardian
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