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Everyone knows stepmothers are bad, wicked and just plain evil. Buerki Puplampu cannot believe that her widowed father is getting remarried when her mother has not even been dead for long! She just knows that Naadu Nartey is wrong for her father. It isn’t even because Naadu is bigger than a hippo or because she laughs like a cow or has hair on her face and chest like a cavewoman. She just knows. Some people call that feeling intuition, some call it superstition, soem even say it’s a gift. Call it what you want but Buerki’s gut feelings have never failed her. She vows to do everything in her power to save her younger brother and herself from the fate she knows is awaiting them. They will not be maltreated or abused by this new woman. She will make sure of it.
Dr Ruby Yayra Goka is a dentist by profession.
She is a multiple winner of the CODE Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature which recognizes excellence in African writing. Her books have also won prizes in the Ghana Association of Writers’s Awards, the Professor Kofi Awoonor Literary Prize and honorary mentions at the Children Africana Book Awards (CABA) and the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).
Ruby is committed to African children learning to develop the habit of reading for pleasure and to ensuring that books African children read reflect their experiences and environments; books that feature characters who are “just like them”.
When she isn’t holding conversations with imaginary people in her head, she will be found either reading, gardening, travelling or spending time with her two dogs and turtle.