Ato hasn’t visited his grandmother’s house since he was seven. He’s heard the rumors that she’s a witch, and his mother has told him he must never sit on the old couch on her porch. Now here he is, on that exact couch, with a strange-looking drink his grandmother has given him, wondering if the rumors are true. What’s more, there’s a freshly dug hole in her yard that Ato suspects may be a grave meant for him.
Meanwhile at school, Ato and his friends have entered a competition to win entry to Nnoma, the island bird sanctuary created by Ato’s father . But something is poisoning the community garden where their project is housed, and Ato sets out to track down the culprit. In doing so, he brings his estranged mother and grandmother back together, and begins healing the wounds left on the family by his father’s death years before.
And that hole in the yard? It is a grave, but not for the purpose Ato feared, and its use brings a tender, celebratory ending to this deeply felt and universal story of healing and love from one of Ghana’s most admired children’s book authors.
An Angel in Mucky Shorts
Auntie Lulu has a monster living in her house. It’s got a boxy head like a milk carton, hair thats never combed, and eyes like a bullfrog. It wears mucky shorts and has dirty nails. It flicks dead flies at me and thinks it’s funny to be snot drip from it’s nose onto a table. Its name is Reggie and he’s Auntie Lulu’s son – which makes him my cousin. Yuck.
Things are going from bad to worse in Rabi’s life.
She told her classmates that her tree at home had the sweetest mangoes. And she promised to bring some to school to prove it. But every day someone steals the fruit from the tree! And who is this sneaky mango thief?
Dreadful Auntie Sakwaa has come to live with them and is stnking up Rabi’s house with her green horse medicine.
Her disgusting cousin comes to stay, and he turns her own little brother against her!
Just as Rabi thinks her life couldn’t be more messed up, she meets an angel. And it wasn’t wearing a sparling white robe.
The Lion’s Whisper
Leo and David, both fifteen years old, are neighbors who are divided by more than just a wall.
When David unexpectedly reaches out to him, Leo hesitantly accepts and David soon becomes a secret brother, helping Leo overcome a paralyzing fear from his past. Leo embarks with David on a mission to root out the answer to a mystery that has tormented David for years. Their friendship is tested beyond reasonable limits as hatred and betrayal pitch first their families, and ultimately the boys themselves, against each other. Then a bloody military coup rips Leo’s world apart, and he has to find the courage he never had before… and an ally. But after so many years of bitterness, can Leo afford to forgive and trust his family’s enemy?
Award: Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature, 2018
Rattling in the Closet
It’s election term in St Felice and there is a tight race for prefects’ positions. Fun-loving Mercy is set to form a winning team with her best buddy Perry. That’s the plan –until the “phen-aah-menal” Salvina springs into the picture. Suddenly, no one in St Felice is certain of anything anymore.
Who is this girl, Salvina, anyway? Can Mercy and her friends afford to watch her trample on their dreams? Torn between truth and lies, how far will Mercy go to protect her hopes, her best friend, and her own carefully kept secret?
Award: The Burt Award for Young Adult Literature 2016.
The Dorm Challenge
One bad friend and one desperate friend. Mercy could change their lives. The problem is she doesn’t know it. Mercy isn’t going to embarrass herself by speaking in a school competition just so her House can win the Dorm Cup.
There are better things she could do− like hanging out with her ultra-cool buddy Perry.
But when she is thrust into the Dorm Challenge she discovers that the prize for speaking up is more precious than a trophy. And the prize for listening properly can mean more than anything in the world.
Award: The Burt Award for Young Adult Literature 2013.
The Twelfth Heart
When Mercy came to her new school near Accra, she knew exactly the sort of friends she wanted to make: certainly, no-one who reminded her of the small town she had left behind – poor, ugly and dull. She did not realize that true friendship comes from the heart and that the least likely of the twelve girls in her dormitory would come to mean the most to them all.
Anyone who has been to a boarding school will identify with the characters in the story until its poignant end.
Award: The Burt Award for Young Adult Literature 2010.
A Saint in Brown Sandals
Eleven-year-old Rabi thinks it would be wonderful to be like her classmate Maybelline – rich, pretty and popular with everyone in the school. As her school’s big event on television draws closer, Rabi realizes she has only one chance to be a star. Where will she shine best? Will it be if she follows in Maybelline’s dainty footsteps? Or will it be if she dares to run along as herself?
Award: Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa 2006.
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