2012 First Place Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature Finalist
“I’m Abena,” I said in Twi.
“I’m Faiza,” she said in a language I would soon find out was called Dagbanli.”
An accidental meeting in Accra’s bustling Makola market makes an impact that is to affect the destinies of two extraordinary young women. For Abena, the open-minded girl from a comfortable family, the meeting is an opportunity to learn about the culture of the other girl and to appreciate the dignity that we often fail to see in the lives of the underprivileged of our country. For Faiza, the eponymous Kaya girl, the encounter with the richer girl is to provide a joyful adventure in her otherwise harsh existence and provided the inspiration that will transform her life.
The Kaya-Girl is a wonderful story, told with warm humor, about two young and confident people from vastly different Ghanaian worlds.₵30.00₵30.00Quick View
In Brave Music of a Distant Drum, a blind old slave woman, Ama, summons her son to come and write down her story so that her granddaughter and her granddaughter’s children can one day read it and know their history.
Ama’s son, Kwame Zumbi – named Zacharias Williams by the white Christians who raised him – considers her an ugly old pagan and has little interest in doing more than is necessary to fulfill his obligation to her. How he is changed by the acts of hearing and writing down the details of his mother’s story is as powerful and important a story as Ama’s.
The story of an African enslaved in Brazil, Ama’s story is violent – it includes murder, rape, and betrayal – and yet it is also a story of courage, hope, determination, and love.₵32.00Quick View
“Karatu, farkonka madaci, karshenka zuma.” (Study is difficult but the rewards are great.)
Akosua Annan is a confident and fiercely intelligent student at a posh girls’ school in Cape Coast, Ghana. There she comes under the influence of a charismatic feminist teacher.
Osman Said’s background is very different. Upon the death of his parents, a police sergeant and an unschooled market trader, immigrants to Accra from the North, he is adopted by a retired school teacher, Hajia Zainab. After a spell as an apprentice in an auto workshop, he returns to school. There, finding the teaching inadequate, he becomes an avid reader and educates himself.
Akosua and Osman are thrown together by chance in the course of a school visit to the slave dungeon at Cape Coast Castle. Their paths cross again as finalists in the national school debating competition where the subject is “The problem of poverty in Ghana is insoluble.” They meet for the third time as students at the University of Ghana and as we leave them, it looks as if their relationship might develop into something permanent.
“This fascinating novel tells the story of how these two young people from these disparate backgrounds are brought together as if by an unseen hand, in a process that teaches us about our history, our common humanity despite ethnic differences, the need to pursue our ambitions, the strength of human sexuality and the need for self-discipline, and, above all, the power of love.” The Judges, Burt Award for African Literature, 2011₵25.00₵25.00Quick View
“Ouch! Miss, my legs,” he cried out. Suddenly the painful memory came back to him of the day the car took his legs.
Kofi is sad and tired of hospital and medicines. He has dreams of walking, running and playing like the other children outside the hospital walls, but with each passing day and year, that hope seems to be getting dim. However, he is strengthened and encouraged by the people around him.
Will the sun come out from behind the dark clouds, so that Kofi would not just reach for it but also touch it?₵10.00₵10.00Quick View
Ama is the only daughter and the youngest child among the three children of Mr. and Mrs. Henkel. Mr. Henkel was a young German serviceman sent to Togoland with other senior army officers to help consolidate and administer this territory on behalf of Germany. Ama was born long after the defeat of Germany in World War 1.
The defeat not only dealt a heavy blow to Germany and her territorial ambitions in Africa but its ripples, like an earth tremor, were also felt in the Henkel’s’ family. In An Angel without the Aura, Ama braves her way through the labyrinth of experiences in the crucible of life, under close parental care and guidance, her own goal-setting, faith in God and perseverance to achieve her ultimate goal.₵30.00₵30.00Quick View
For Niena, her village, Bineti has so many limitations especially if you were a girl. The only hospital in her village draws her in like a metal to magnet and fills her with dreams to change her village. But her dreams are threatened when she has to drop out of school to ease the financial burden on her family. Her dreams seem to have taken flight and have left her without hope. Will she be able to find her way back to them?₵20.00₵20.00Quick View
Sompa is becoming thoroughly shocked in her early days at the University of Nsoroma. But as the days and months go by and encounters occur, nothing surprises her anymore. Like Araba, Naomi and Elikem, she has various goals that will help her step out and stand out but as she meets new people and makes new friends, her identity is threatened and she is forced to fit into the environment and to re-evaluate her choices. And when she is shot, framed and hanged, she is faced with the decision of either staying defeated or getting up.₵25.00₵25.00Quick View
Padiki has been keeping a secret for years. This secret has slowly eaten away her joy and her chance for a real and true human connection. This secret has turned her into a young woman full of regret and bitterness. When the cause of her bitterness arrives in town for his wedding, she makes it her goal to take revenge for all the times he hurt her. Will Padiki be able to overcome the bitterness that fills her heart? Or will she achieve her goal of shaking up the little world he had so carefully built?₵20.00₵20.00Quick View
Jiffa and Vincent have been married for seventeen years when Vincent runs into his first love. In the turbulence that follows, Jiffa constantly thinks back to the sweet love she once shared with Mawusi. Was her parent’s right to have arranged her marriage to her cousin?₵25.00₵25.00Quick View
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Amara starts out as a very greedy little girl who takes more than her own fair share of food, snacks and anything shared amongst her and others. However, Amara has a nightmare and her father narrates a story that transforms her into a responsible and honest young woman.₵10.00₵10.00Quick View