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Cane Warriors Reader Reviews

Cane Warriors

Issie Ford

This is a fast-paced novel about a slave uprising in Jamaica, told from the perspective of a young boy caught up in the brutal violence as their plantation overseers are defeated.

Moa is a young boy who has spent his entire life on a sugar cane plantation in Jamaica surrounded by cruel British overseers. After the death of an elderly woman who was close to Moa and his companions, his friend Tacky decides enough is enough. They have spent all their years living in fear from Misser Donaldson's harsh whips and their days toiling away in the scorching heat. Moa's father is against the uprising and worries for his safety whilst his mother is proud and sends him away with prayers.

Moa is among a group of slaves who take on the white plantation owners, killing the men (and their children) who made their lives a misery. Moa is conflicted about his questionable deeds and has nightmares every night, filled with the white eyes of the dead men.

I found it interesting reading about the slave plantations from a boy's perspective as it gave a deeper insight into the horrors slaves experienced. Like Moa, I didn't agree with their decisions morally at times, although this is what made the book so compelling to read. I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in history and revolutions.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783449873
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Alex Wheatle
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 192 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction, True Stories, Personal Social Health Economic , Personal Social Health Economic , Personal Social Health Economic
Other Categories: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children, Star Books