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On My Journey Now
ISBN: 9780763628857
Author: Giovanni, Nikki
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Published: February 2007
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Annotation: With the passion of a poet and the knowledge of a historian, Giovanni tells the story of Africans in America through the glorious words of 46 spirituals, which celebrate a people who overcame enslavement and found a way to survive, to worship, and to build.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Spirituals (Songs); History and criticism; Juvenile literature.
African Americans; History; Juvenile literature.
Spirituals (Songs).
Dewey: 782.25/3
LCCN: 2006051695
Lexile Measure: 920
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 6.25" W
Bargain Category: Religious, Middle School, History, High School, Biographies, Art/Music, African-American
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
With the passion of a poet and the knowledge of a historian, Nikki Giovanni tells the story of Africans in America through the glorious words of spirituals.
Ever since she was a little girl attending three different churches, poet Nikki Giovanni has loved the spirituals. In ON MY JOURNEY NOW, she paints compelling portraits of the lives of her ancestors through familiar songs such as " Go Down, Moses" and personal favorites such as " Ain't Got Time to Die, " celebrating a people who overcame enslavement and found a way to survive, to worship, and to build. ON MY JOURNEY NOW includes a foreword by Dr. Arthur Jones, founder and artistic program director of the Spirituals Project.

Contributor Bio(s): Nikki Giovanni is the author of several books for children, most recently ROSA, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Three of her poetry collections for adults have received NAACP Image Awards. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and lives in Christiansburg, Virginia.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
Giovanni begins by describing "The Journey" (Africans being forcibly taken to America) and ends with "Spirituals Today and Tomorrow." Most chapters give some history, then present a spiritual with accompanying analysis of the words. The author's personal passion for spirituals comes through, but her nonlinear approach and constantly shifting focus (history, biographical sketches, personal reflections) makes the text scattered. Bib., ind. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 March)

Gr 8 Up— The songs written and first sung by African-American slaves were inspired by a host of human needs: to express emotion, to call God, to remain heartened under oppression, and, perhaps most importantly, to communicate covertly, often about the Underground Railroad. Giovanni brings these motives home in this short, impressionistic look at the lives of the slaves, beginning with their holding in places such as Cape Coast Castle and Goree Island, through the end of the Civil War, when members of divided families desperately attempted to track one another down. Giovanni is a poet, and the book has cadence; in tone, it almost reads like the transcript of a speech or sermon, as the author is generous with her own opinions and often refers to herself within the text. The spirituals themselves are thoughtfully placed—and their complete lyrics are printed as back matter—but Giovanni doesn't always effectively connect the songs to the travails they are meant to communicate. Light on dates, time lines, or political explanations, this is neither a thorough nor an academic history; rather, it is an invitation for readers to look into the lives of figures such as Nat Turner and Frederick Douglass, and events such as the Stono uprising and the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act. A glossary of terms will get them started.—Denise Ryan, Middlesex Middle School, Darien, CT

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