For this week’s Road Trip Wednesday, the good people over at YA Highway are asking embracing black history month. They are asking the question
Who is your favorite African American author or fictional character?
I’m going to go with the fictional character instead of the author for my answer and pick Isabel from Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains series. There are a lot of books about slavery as it relates to the civil war, but Chains is the first book I’ve ever seen to deal with slavery during the revolutionary war. Isabel is an intelligent young slave living in New York during the 1790’s.
All around her brave men and women are fighting for their independence, but no one is fighting for Isabel. It doesn’t matter if the British or the Americans win the war, she’ll still be a slave. Luckily, Isabel is clever and resourceful. As order crumbles and war intensifies, Isabel learns how to fight for herself.
What about you? What is your favorite African American author or fictional character?