Cane Warriors

About The Book

"Nobody free till everybody free"

Based on the true story of Tacky's War in Jamaica, 1760.

Moa is fourteen. The only life he has ever known is working on the Frontier sugar cane plantation for endless hot days, fearing the vicious whips of the overseers. Then one night he learns of an uprising, led by the charismatic Tacky. Moa is to be a cane warrior, and fight for the freedom of all the enslaved people in the nearby plantations. But before they can escape, Moa and his friend Keverton must face their first great task: to kill their overseer, Misser Donaldson. Time is ticking, and the day of the uprising approaches . . .

Themes: History, Colonialism, Slavery, True Story, Racial Equality

Cover art by Althea McNish

Check out the Author

Alex Wheatle (MBE) is a major voice in YA literature. Many of his acclaimed novels are inspired by his tough childhood experiences. Born in London to Jamaican parents, Alex spent much of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home. Following a short stint in prison following the Brixton uprising in 1981, and starting out as a founding member of the Crucial Rocker sound system, he began writing poetry and novels, becoming known as the Brixtonbard. Accolades include being longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, winning the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, and being awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008. Alex has written for adults as well as YA with major works including Brixton Rock and The Crongton Series. Find out more at his website or on Twitter.

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