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Queen of Freedom Defending Jamaica

Written by Catherine Johnson

Part of the True Adventures Series

Key Stage 3 Historical Fiction

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Thrilling retelling of the true story of Queen Nanny, renowned Guerrilla fighter living in Jamaica in the 1700s

From the excellent True Adventures series, in which different authors bring to life some exciting but little-known and diverse aspects of history. This is an area where Catherine Johnson absolutely excels and this story of how one woman masterminded a slave resistance against the British in eighteenth-century Jamaica is perfect for her and indeed was shortlisted for the inaugural Jhalak Prize for Children’s fiction. The story grabs the reader from the start with the thrilling chase through the mountains, as Nanny herds her people away from the pursuing British Army. She becomes a fierce and revered leader and freed slaves flock to her village for protection. Nanny terrifies the British with her reputation as an Obeah woman who could harness magic and spirits and catch bullets. Her fighting eventually leads to a peace treaty which would finally leave Nanny and her people to live in peace. This inspirational story also pulls no punches in terms of descriptions of the harsh treatment of slaves in the colonies – history which needs to be told. Each story in this accessible series is helpfully complemented by additional resources including a map at the beginning, further details about the subject of the story along with a glossary of terms, a timeline and more about the author. 

Joy Court

Queen of Freedom Defending Jamaica Synopsis

1720. Blue Mountains, windward Jamaica.

In the sweltering heat Captain Shettlewood leads a troop of British soldiers through the thick trees towards the river. They are hunting slaves who have escaped from the brutal plantations. Their mission: to find them, and kill them.

But up ahead, hidden among the rocks above the water, a group of men with cutlasses and muskets wait patiently for the instructions of their leader. Queen Nanny is a 'wise woman' with a reputation for ancient obeah magic, and a guerilla fighter with a genius for organisation. So the battle for Jamaica begins, the First Maroon War, in which the maroons - escaped slaves - will make a final, do-or-die stand against the slavers and soldiers of Empire.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782692799
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: Catherine Johnson
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Historical Fiction

About Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson is a screen-writer and best-selling author of several books for children and young adults. Her acclaimed novel Sawbones won the Young Quills Award for Historical Fiction, and her most recent book The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo, was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the YA Book Prize. Catherine has been a Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison, a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the London institute and has mentored writers in Africa for the British Council.

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