Alexandria of Africa

Author:   Eric Walters Copyright Date: 2008
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Alexandria of Africa is one of Eric Walters latest offerings.  Alexandria is a strong character and the story is told through her eyes.  This offers a first hand glimpse of her motivations and perspective.  She is not an attractive character to begin with and we are allowed to see inside her shallow and self-centered soul.  The plot that follows is unlikely but interesting.  The settings and characters are well described and detailed.  The plot offers possibility for the contrast of cultures and experiences from North to South.

The first chapter would make a good read aloud passage for introducing the character and setting to new readers.  It would allow for teaching of visualization and descriptive writing.

CM Review

Quill and Quire

Rating: #1(Highly Recommended)    #2 ✓  #3     #4 (not acceptable)

Interest Level:  Grade 7-9        Reading Level:  Grade 7+

Curriculum Area:  Social Studies, Language Arts, Health, Personal and Social Values

Theme(s) Topic(s):  Coming of age/growing up, wealth and poverty, making a difference, entitlement, change, consumer culture

This book would be suitable for:    ✓ Lit Circles  ✓  Kit Materials ✓Read-Aloud (Gr.)

Snow Willow nominee 2009


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One response to “Alexandria of Africa

  1. Michelle

    I agree with you 100% – this was a fantastic book. I especially enjoyed how Alexandria’s character was maintained throughout the book – although she may have “matured” she stayed true.

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