Kemosha of the Caribbean

In this swashbuckling new adventure, fifteen-year-old Kemosha and her eleven-year-old brother have lived their young lives in slavery. Sold away to work in lawless Port Royal, Jamaica, 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 free her brother…

Kemosha of the Caribbean is a thrilling pirate adventure with a thought-provoking message about violence and a brilliant heroine.

Library Junior Guild Gold Standard Selection in the USA and Canada


Andersen Press UK
Akashic USA
WF Howes audio

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‘Alex paints a vivid character in Kemosha, a stubborn and strong willed slave who refuses to accept defeat at every corner. It is a story about courage, determination, and never giving up even when the stakes are constantly against you. Even when there is no way out. Kemosha never accepts defeat, she has the strength of a lion and I was rooting for her from the first page to the very end. 
I saw her stubbornness as strength, and her short temper as courage.

Such is Alex’s talent that I am left wondering where is Kemosha now, I hope she is doing okay. Can’t wait to read this again.’ Kereen Getten, author of When Life Gives you Mangoes

'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

‘A thrilling, incredible story with a wonderful young Black woman at its heart, told by one of the most accomplished writers in the world today. Wheatle creates a heroine who is impossible not to love and who will stay in the reader’s mind and heart long after finishing the book.’ Sunny Singh, author, professor

‘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