ISBN-13: 9781787612259

RRP: £6.66

Published: 3rd February 2022

Kemosha of the Caribbean

Nominated for the Carnegie Medal for Writing

'A vivid and powerful story ... Another tour de force by Alex Wheatle, a truly gifted storyteller' David Olusoga

Kemosha and her brother have lived their whole lives in slavery. Sold away to work in lawless Port Royal, Kemosha takes her chance to escape brutal treatment. With fortune on her side, Kemosha befriends Ravenhide, a man with a mysterious past who teaches her the art of swordfighting, and introduces her to the beautiful runaway Isabella.

Yet Kemosha's greatest test yet is upon the deck of the Satisfaction: the notorious Captain Morgan’s ship. His next adventure on the high seas could be the making of Kemosha – and her one chance to earn enough pieces of eight to buy the freedom of her brother...


"A vivid and powerful story centred around the struggles of a young enslaved woman who is determined to stand up for herself and fight for what is right, often in the face of danger and cruelty. Another tour de force by Alex Wheatle a truly gifted storyteller"
David Olusoga

"[A] stunning historical adventure … Wheatle has a big heart, an easy style and natural empathy"
The Times, Children's Book of the Week

"A thrilling YA pirate adventure, filled with the grimmest details of history and a joyous sense of what happens when the oppressed are empowered"

"A thrilling high seas adventure… Kemosha’s indomitable spirit, determination and wit make for an unforgettable heroine"

"There's pirates, cut-throats and swashbuckling action, but the star turn is the fierce and unforgettable heroine in pursuit of her freedom and the girl she loves"
The Bookseller, Editor's Choice