The Adventures of Kobby Badu-Smith: A Space Adventure
Stowed away on the first Canadian Space Shuttle, Kobby can’t believe his last minute plan has worked. Bouncing in zero gravity (or close to it!), eating freeze-dried ice cream, playing with computers that can teleport him from the shuttle lounge back to his shuttle cabin at the wink of an eye…he’s having so much fun it’d suck if it had to end too soon. And then it happens…the email that sends shivers down his spine and sends him spinning into orbit…literally!
“The characters come alive in a heartwarming way…children would want to meet these characters. It’s wonderful to see a Ghanaian child go into Space!” E. Apea, Ghanaian Educator
“I would use this book as a literacy builder.” C.G.R., Teacher
“I wish I was Kobby!” K.A., Grade 5
“As an aspiring grade-school teacher, reading this very entertaining story reminded me of concepts that I had learned years ago. I now feel confident enough to explain special relativity to children in a way that makes sense to them because it now makes sense to me!” L.M., Teacher
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Mary Ashun is Principal of Ghana International School in Cantonments, Accra. Mary holds a BSc from Univ. of East London (UK), a B.Ed. from Univ. of Toronto and a Ph.D from SUNY Buffalo, NY. Prior to taking up this current role, she was Principal of Philopateer Christian College in Toronto, Canada and a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Redeemer University in Canada. Mary has over 20 years of experience in International Education as a teacher, administrator and researcher.
Mary enjoys writing and most recently adapted the Disney musical, The Prince of Egypt for the stage. Ghana International School students made her proud by staging it at the National Theatre to wide acclaim. Her novel Tuesday's Child was a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. She has published science fiction for children as well as picture books. Her short story African Connection joins those of Ama Ata Aidoo and Ivor Agyeman Duah, edited by the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka in the upcoming anthology The Gods Who Bring Us Gifts. Mary writes for children (e.g. Stubborn Kwame, The Adventures of Kobby Badu Smith), Young Adults (Serwa Akoto’s Diary) and Adults (eg. Tuesday’s Child, Mistress Of The Game). Mary is constantly exploring various art forms and is in the process of releasing her first song working with Vimsion Studios in Accra.
Mary is a Klingenstein Fellow of Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. Mary and her husband Joseph have three sons: Abeyku 25, Kwamena 19, and Jojo 16.