Warrior Queen of Matamba
Author: Patricia C. McKissack
Series: Royal Diaries
Grade Level Equivalent:
Diaries and Journals
Leadership and Responsibility, Africa, Women's History and Experience, Early African Empires, Monarchy and Royalty
This fictional diary presents the story of thirteen-year-old Nzingha, a 16th-century West African princess who loves to hunt and hopes to someday lead her kingdom against invading Portuguese slave traders.
"Nzingha...was born in a land in which women were predestined to be subservient to men's whims. Nzingha, however, broke that rule and, following her father's footsteps, became a leader after his death... [T]he author's use of time lines, seasons, and actual place names makes the story believable and interesting... The maps, photos, glossary, illustrations, and genealogical trees enhance the presentation." — School Library Journal
Patricia C. McKissack has written over one hundred books about the African-American experience, on her own and in collaboration with Fredrick L. McKissack. Before becoming a full-time writer, Patricia McKissack worked as a teacher and then as an editor of children's books.