In the Time of the Drums
In the Time of the Drums
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Annotation: Mentu, an American-born slave boy, watches his beloved grandmother, Twi, lead the insurrection at Teakettle Creek of Ibo people arriving from Africa on a slave ship.
Catalog Number: #6572568
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Pinkney, J. Brian,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-620-14309-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-620-14309-4
Dewey: E
LCCN: 98030347
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Word Count: 1,915
Reading Level: 4.6
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 35270 / grade: Lower Grades

It used to be that huge ships often landed near Teakettle Creek bringing African people to work on the island's plantations. Some of the Africans who live on the island made goatskin drums and play music to remind themselves of home. Young Mentu was island born, but grandmother Twi had come from Africa, and she longs for home. Thanks to Twi, Mentu learns to play the drums and to respect the strength of the music. One day a new ship carrying Africans docked at Teakettle Creek sends out the beat of drums--a roar from the Africans inside the ship who are pounding for their homeland. The beat calls to Twi, urging her to seek freedom. But the only place for freedom is in the murky waters of Teakettle Creek. Now Grandmother Twi must choose between the drum's lure and the island that young Mentu calls home. The recipient of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award in 2000, this spellbinding story is now back in print. In the Time of the Drums is an extraordinary Gullah tale of mysticism, intrigue, strength, and courage that will leave readers of all ages spellbound.


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