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Murder in the Cassava Patch (Star Books Readers)
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
This novella deals with the relationship between Gortokai, a young Liberian man, and Tene, the girl he hopes to marry. Tene has been murdered and Gortokai is jailed as a suspect. The story promises “to piece together all the circumstances leading to the violent storm which nearly tore off the roofs from many houses in the Dewoin Country one bright Sunday morning in the year 1957. It is set in the fictional village of Bendabli, off the Monrovia-Bomi Hills road.
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Bai Tamia Johnson Moore (October 12, 1916 – January 10, 1988), commonly known by his pen name Bai T. Moore, was a Liberian poet, novelist, folklorist and essayist.
He held various cultural, educational and tourism posts both for the Liberian government and for UNESCO. He was the founder of Liberia's National Cultural Center. He is best known for his novella Murder in the Cassava Patch (1968), the tale of a crime passionnel in a traditional Liberian setting. It became such a classic in Liberian literature that it is still taught in high schools.