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The Old African
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First edition cover of The Old African
Author Julius Lester
Illustrator Jerry Pinkney
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature, picture book, US folklore
Published 2005 (Dial Press)
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 79
ISBN 9780803725645
OCLC 53375920

The Old African is a 2005 book by Julius Lester and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. It is based on an incident at Igbo Landing and is about Jaja, a slave who leads a group of plantation slaves back to Africa by walking into the ocean.


  • 2006 Children's Africana Older Children Book Award - Honor
  • 2006 Massachusetts Book Award for Children's / Young Adult Literature - Honor
  • 2006 Notable Book for a Global Society
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