Once on This River

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

While on a trip wither mother from Madagascar to New York in 1760, eleven-year-old Monday De Groot, a free child of color, learns the horror of slavery and the truth about her American family. (Ages 12-Adult)

“Intense…evocative.” Kirkus Reviews

“A shattering story…Young people will be caught by the history and will want to find out more about it.” Booklist

“…a novel that will live in the readers’ hearts long after the book has been closed.” National Black Employment Directory
“How refreshing it is to see a different presentation of colonial New York from the usual patriots and politics. Wyeth’s plot is original and the story is lovingly researched.” Cleveland Plan Dealer

“…portrays the powerful love and compassion that can find and emancipate a family, a generation, a race.” Black Issues Book Review

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