Anansi by Alistair Campbell
Chained to the hold of a slave ship bound for the Caribbean, a terrified young girl’s only comfort is the voice of a woman she can’t see. She is told ‘Anansi stories’, tales of the crafty spider whose cunning and humorous tricks give the girl the resilience and wit she needs to survive.
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