At Her Majesty's Request Book Summary and Study Guide

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Sarah, an Egbado princess, watches as her tribe is overrun by invading Dahoman warriors. She is about to be executed with the rest of the royal family as she is rescued by an intervening English soldier. He takes her to the local outlet of the church missionary society where she is cared for, educated, and introduced to the wiles of "civilized" society.
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Sarah later becomes the ward of England's Queen Victoria and is given freedoms that she would never have in her homeland; in fact, she is treated almost as an equal to the queen's own. Though she lives in splendor, the girl still suffers tragedies in relationships, as well as the ongoing subtle persecutions that she experiences because of her race.

However, the story is still a triumph of the spirit and one that tells of the compassion of one individual toward another, an inspirational read for the young.

The review of this Book prepared by Reginald D. Garrard

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Plot & Themes

Political/social rights fight    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   minorities fighting for rights Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Black    -   British If this is a culture clash:    -   minority culture living in majority area Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Ethnicity    -   Black Nationality    -   Subsaharan African


Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

If this is a kid's book:    -   Age 11-14 Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A ton 16-20 B&W

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