My Name Is Not Angelica

My Name Is Not Angelica

by Scott O'Dell

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Overview


In this historical novel set in the Virgin Islands of 1733, Raisha escapes from her Dutch "owners" in time to witness the mass suicide of her fellow slaves, who prefer death to recapture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547406305
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/03/2011
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 268,674
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author


Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.

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My Name Is Not Angelica 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ZebraHouse More than 1 year ago
My Name Is Not Angelica by Scott O'Dell, is a bizarre story about your physical, mental, and emotional strength. The main character is a girl from Africa. Strange enough, sixteen year old Raisha's father is a king, whose family owns slaves themelves. Unfortunately Raisha, her love Konje, and a friend Dondo, have been captured as slaves. Raisha notices that most of her people (in her village) have been also captured! When Raisha is sold to a slave owner on the island of St. John, she is told about a group of escapees, who are planning to rebel. Konje soon escapes to the camp and has given Raisha his word for returning. The "slave" days were very boring and regular, after Konje left, until the governer has passed new laws. New laws that are persuading the slaves/runaways to come back to their owners. In this book you will realise that freedom is more than death, and that if your life is going to make a difference in the future, or someday change the world, it's very much worth it! I very much enjoyed this book because it opened my eyes, of what life back then what have been like, and the challenges these people have faced. This book did teach me what the word sacfrifice really means, and a tremendous deal of knowledge and history! In the end, I believe that Raisha, transformed from a sixteen year old girl, from a very strong woman. Raisha has transformed, from many views in this story. From being "royalty" in Africa, to treating other people like "royalty" and never being able to speak whats on your mind! I would very much like it if there was a sequel to this book, I would really enjoy a sequel because, I would enjoy seeing this book, in other point of views (from other characters in this story). If you read this story... I hope it teaches you a very valuable lesson(s), similar to my experience and my admired appreciation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book My Name is not Angelica by Scott O'Dell. It's about a girl named Raisha and her father, Konje. They and a few others are stripped from their land in Africa bound and blindfolded, then chucked on a canoe headed for God's Adventure, a boat full of Africans to become slaves on the islands of either St. Thomas or St. John. When the boat got to the harbor of St. Thomas Konje, Raisha, and their family slave Dondo were sold to the Van Prok's of St. John where they would become either house servants or workers of the field. Konje doesn't want to be a worker on the field or a house servant though, so he escapes to the runaway slave camp on Mary Point and plans a revolt against all planters. Soon about half of the slaves on St. John are at Mary Point ready for the revolt, but then a battle breaks out between the French and the runaways of Mary Point. The main character in My Name is not Angelica is Raisha. She is a sixteen year old girl from the Barato tribe in Africa. Raisha is also daughter of a sub chief in the Barato tribe. The book takes place in Africa and the islands of St. Thomas and St. John. The time is around the year of 1733. The theme of the book is loss of innocence, man vs. society, and man vs. man. I liked this book because it was constantly changing and it was really exciting. I connected to this book in two ways. One way is text to self, sometimes it seems like I have to do everything for everyone. Another way I connected to this book is text to text. I've read books that either have slaves in them, a character in the book has to do everything for everyone else, or someone in the book is treated badly. I've also read some books that are like this one and they are Mississippi Bridge, The Breadwinner, and Island of the Blue Dolphins which is also written by Scott O'Dell. You should read all of these books as well as My Name is not Angelica because they're all really, really, really awesome books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was totally awesome, dude. I read it 3 times. I was like so happy that I read this book for my project.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'M 12 YEARS OLD.I'M IN 7TH GRADE. RECENTLY WE WERE GIVEN A PROJECT IN READING/HISTORY AND IT WAS A ORAL BOOK REPORT. WHEN WE CHOSE OUR BOOK, I GRABED 'MY NAME IS NOT ANGELICA' BASICLY BECAUSE IT WAS SHORT! I THOUGHT THAT I WAS GOING TO HATE THE BOOK WHEN I FIRST BEGAN TO READ IT. THEN I GOT MORE AND MORE INTERSESTED IN IT AND READ IT LIKE ALL DAY LONG. TOMORROW I WILL DO MY BOOK REPORT AND I'M CONFIDENT IN THE BOOK THAT I CHOSE! THAT IS WHY I WANTED TO MAKE A REVIEW ON THIS BOOK. I STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU READ IT!
cbl_tn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the transition period after their leader's death, Raisha and many others from Barato were tricked, captured, and sold into slavery. Separated forever from her parents and sister, Raisha travels on a slave ship with others from her village to the island of St. Thomas, where she is sold to a Danish plantation owner from the island of St. John. As was the custom, her master's wife gave her a new name, Angelica.When Raisha arrived on St. John, the island was suffering the effects of a drought and a hurricane earlier in the year that had destroyed the crops. Food was scarce among both white and slave populations, and already harsh laws became even harsher in an attempt to intimidate the slave population. Many slaves had escaped to a hard-to-reach spot on the island, where they planned a rebellion. Raisha's fiance, Konje, soon joined the colony and became its leader. As the time for the planned revolution approaches, Raisha is forced to make some difficult choices.Before I read this historical novel, I had no idea that the Danish were involved in the Caribbean slave trade. The author describes the difficult conditions on the island while building toward the climax of the rebellion. The ending was the only flaw in this well-told story. I thought it was too abrupt, and I wanted a little more resolution. It also left me questioning which, if any, of the characters were historical and which were fictional. This book has piqued my interest in the topic, and I'll have to look for more books on the experience of slaves in the Caribbean.
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Love this book. Its really good,kind of sad though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went to basically an all white school... the only black kids were brothers and were teased often because of thier color.... i used to be among the tyrants who made thier life hell but after reading this heartfelt story i realised there is no difference between skin we are all the same and no one should be treated differently because of it... excelent read and it will have you crying durring the story specially at the end
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome. It kept my intrest from the beginning to the very end...
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