The Walls of Cartagena
Illustrator: Tom Pohrt
Cartegena, Colombia, the seventeenth century: Thirteen-year-old Calepino, an educated slave and translator, talks to Mara and her son, Tomi, both newly arrived aboard a slave ship. He wants to help them escape, but it's impossible. Soon after, Calepino is sent to help Dr. Mendo López de Campo at a local leper colony. Initially repulsed, Calepino soon finds that he enjoys learning from Dr. López. When Calepino learns that Tomi and Mara are being abused by their owner, he resolves to save them . . . but his plan may endanger Dr. López. Author's note. Blackand- white art.
JLG Release: Sep 2008
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 5.6; Points: 4;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.6; Points: 7;
Simon & Schuster
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context, Medical: Reproductive/Sexual Reference/Discussion
Cartegena, Colombia, Slave ships, Slavery, Catholicism, Piety, Caring for the sick, Education, Working as a translator, Empathy, Leprosy, The Inquisition, Hurting a friend, Lying to save a friend, Coming of age,