"The story you are about to read concerns certain events that occurred in the early years of my life. It all happened over a hundred and seventy years ago. For many of you it might sound like a tall tale because I am no older today than I was back there in the year 1832. But this is no whopper I'm telling, it is a story about my boyhood as a slave and my fated encounter with the amazing Tall John From Beyond Africa." 47, a young slave boy, is growing up on a plantation under the watchful eye of a brutal slave master. His life seems doomed, until he meets the mysterious Tall John who not only introduces him to an unimaginable magical science but teaches 47 the meaning of freedom. A master storyteller, Mosley deftly mixes speculative and historical fiction in this daring novel.
47: « "Equal parts history and tall tale, this engaging story related by an endearing narrator is so full of dramatic tension that few readers will realize they're learning something, too." - Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"Powerfully described and haunting*" - Kliatt
"Walter Mosley is a force to be reckoned with in this lifetime and those to come. His infinite imagination makes this incredible reading." - Black Issues Book Review
"A stirring story of escape from slavery in which [science fiction] and African American myth blend with the realism of plantation brutality and the courage of resistance." - Booklist
"Thrilling on many levels, the books voices, sacrifices, climatic battles, and satisfying escapes will dazzle and provoke readers." - The Horn Book
Quills Award Young Adult Finalist ALA Best Books for Young Adults nominee New York Times bestseller —
Walter Mosley is the author of more than thirty-four critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. He is the winner of an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America's Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in New York City.