I'm surprised this book has no reviews, great adventure story of the only famous Black Russian, Pushkin's ethiopian grandfather. My 8 and 7 y.o. children loved it, but found some parts of the book sad/scary.
Found two good reviews for it on amazon UK:
"My wife and I enjoyed every page of this book. We are frequent travelers to Ethiopia, where we direct a nonprofit girls education program (Children Of Ethiopia Education Fund). The author has accurately portrayed the customs and lifestyle of the people in Ethiopia in the 1700's, where in many areas of the country, things haven't changed much. Children AND Adults will enjoy this book about an amazing boy that is based on a true story. The illustrations are first-rate and accurate. We are purchasing additional copies to distribute to our schools and students in Ethiopia. The students will totally enjoy this book and it will assist them in their English studies."
"Being written in a clear straightforward style accessible to most eight year olds does nothing to detract from the appeal of this book to a much wider age range. As the young hero is swept from one adventure to another in this exotic land it is very easy to forget that these are events based on historical records and an attempt to relate the true story of a remarkable young man. My children, 9 and 11, read it cover to cover non-stop, the time I took to read it was all too short and none of us can wait for the sequel.
An engaging and fascinating story about a part of the world all too easily forgotten about in the school curriculum, let alone the news."