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It is 1492, and Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain have signed the Edict of Expulsion, giving all Jews three months to leave the country. Joseph Belifonte, a twelve-year-old boy, escapes to Lisbon, Portugal, with his parents and younger sister, Gracia. However, after eight months there, Joseph and Gracia, along with hundreds of other Jewish children, are kidnapped. They are put on a ship and taken to the island of São Tomé, off the coast of West Africa. Now slaves, they are forcibly baptized and made to work on a sugar plantation. Joseph holds to the hope that one day he will be free.
A Note From the Publisher
Anne Dublin is an award-winning writer of biographies and historical novels for young people. She is the author of middle grade novels The Orphan Rescue and 44 Hours or Strike!, which received the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Youth in 2016. As well as the books June Calwood: A Life of Action, Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything, and Dynamic Women Dancers. Anne lives in Toronto, Ontario.