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The Walls of Cartagena

By: Julia Durango

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.

ISBN: 9781416941026

JLG Release: Sep 2008


Sensitive Areas: Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context, Medical: Reproductive/Sexual Reference/Discussion
Topics: 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

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Young slave Calepino has lived a privileged life, taught to read and write at a wealthy noblewoman's estate in seventeenth-century Colombia. He leaves his sanctuary to assist a doctor at a leprosy colony, but puts the doctor, a Jewish refugee of the Inquisition, at risk trying to help another slave boy. The story's characters are well defined, and Young slave Calepino has lived a privileged life, taught to read and write at a wealthy noblewoman's estate in seventeenth-century Colombia. He leaves his sanctuary to assist a doctor at a leprosy colony, but puts the doctor, a Jewish refugee of the Inquisition, at risk trying to help another slave boy. The story's characters are well defined, and the setting is vividly described.

Book Details

ISBN

9781416941026

First Release

September 2008

Genre

Historical fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

160

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.6; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.6; Points: 7;

Lexile

Level 870L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Simon & Schuster

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Social Issue: Slavery in Historical Context, Medical: Reproductive/Sexual Reference/Discussion

Topics

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,

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