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Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba, by Patricia McKissack

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Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba
Title
Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba
Statement of responsibility
by Patricia McKissack
Title variation
Queen Nzingha
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Presents the diary of thirteen-year-old Nzingha, a sixteenth-century West African princess who loves to hunt and hopes to lead her kingdom one day against the invasion of the Portuguese slave traders
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Review
  • Gr. 5-8. In present-day Angola, the African queen Nzingha is a cultural hero for her resistance to the Portuguese colonizers and slave traders during her nearly 40-year rule in the early seventeenth century. The history is compelling, but forcing it into the Royal Diaries series format, with Nzingha as a 13-year-old telling her story in journal entries, makes for an awkward, confusing narrative. In fact, the historical note says that the events fictionalized here took place when Nzingha was 40 and not when she was 13. It's the facts that will grab kids' interest: the history (including the horrifying glimpse of the European slave trade that shipped people away forever to the tobacco and sugarcane plantations of Brazil) and also the biographical facts about the extraordinary warrior queen who fought back. More than the diary, readers will pore over the second half of the book, which includes a readable epilogue, historical notes, a glossary, and a family tree, as well as a set of archival drawings and photos. (Reviewed November 1, 2000) -- Hazel Rochman
  • Gr 5-8-Nzingha, an Angolan princess in the 16th and 17th centuries, was born in a land in which women were predestined to be subservient to men's whims. Nzingha, however, broke that rule and, following her father's footsteps, became a leader after his death. Through fictionalized diary entries, readers learn that Queen Nzingha is knowledgeable, intelligent, and brave. She is opposed to Portuguese slavery and European ways of life, although she secretly learns the outsiders' language and uses it to her advantage. The diary format will appeal to readers and the author's use of time lines, seasons, and actual place names makes the story believable and interesting. While the ending is too abrupt, this is still a good addition to the series. The maps, photos, glossary, illustrations, and genealogical trees enhance the presentation.-Daniel Mungai, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • This remarkable book tells the true story of a courageous young princess who grew to be a military leader and hero. Set in 16th-century Congo and enriched with vivid descriptions of the jungle, the story unfolds through the journal writings of Nzingha, who is 13 and about to be chosen for marriage. Nzingha yearns for the attention of her father, the leader of the Mbundu people, and fervently wishes to join him on a hunt. Nzingha is chastised for her impetuous and spirited ways, but ultimately earns her father's praise. The defining factor of their lives, however, is the constant encroachment of their enemy, the Portuguese. As her father's faith in her grows, Nzingha is entrusted to negotiate with the Portuguese Governor, who offers peace if her people will supply slaves to the Portuguese. She discovers that these slaves are shipped to Brazil, where they are worked often to death. When Nzingha decides to advise her father against this bargain, she is kidnapped. Folks are not what they seem through the twists and exciting turns the story suddenly takes. The journal ends with Nzingha's safe return and marriage, but the epilogue goes on to give a synopsis of her lifelong fight to save her people from slavery and domination. With photos, woodcuts, and maps the reader is able to get a very accurate picture of this leader, who is still honored in present day Angola and Brazil. McKissack (Color Me Dark, p. 637, etc.) has written a stunning and thoroughly researched addition to the Royal Diaries series. (epilogue, historical note, family tree, photos, maps, pronunciation guide, glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-14) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2000)
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095385
Cataloging source
DLC
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1944-
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McKissack, Pat
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
750
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.M478693
LC item number
Nz 2000
Literary form
fiction
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  • 5
  • 8
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True
Series statement
The royal diaries
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  • Nzingha
  • Angola
  • Nzingha
  • Angola
  • Princesses
  • Blacks
  • Mbundu (African people)
  • Slave trade
  • Sex role
  • Diaries
Target audience
pre adolescent
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Warrior Queen of Matamba
Label
Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba, by Patricia McKissack
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
136 p.
Isbn
9780439112109
Lccn
00024216
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780439112109
  • (OCoLC)43757459
Label
Nzingha, warrior queen of Matamba, by Patricia McKissack
Publication
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
136 p.
Isbn
9780439112109
Lccn
00024216
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780439112109
  • (OCoLC)43757459

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