The kaya girl

by Wolo, Mamle,

Format: Print Book 2022
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 9 copies
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This rags-to-riches story by an award-winning Ghanaian author has page-turning appeal with luminous literary resonance.

Writing with effortlessly engaging prose, Wolo showcases the interweaving layers of Ghanaian culture to create a prismatic, multifaceted world in which two young girls, against all odds, are able to find each other.

When Faiza, a Muslim migrant girl from northern Ghana, and Abena, a wealthy doctor's daughter from the south, meet by chance in Accra's largest market, where Faiza works as a porter or kaya girl , they strike up an unlikely and powerful friendship that transcends their social inequities and opens up new worlds to them both.

Set against a backdrop of class disparity in Ghana, The Kaya Girl has shades of The Kite Runner in its unlikely friendship, and of Slumdog Millionaire as Faiza's life takes unlikely turns that propel her thrillingly forward. As, over the course of the novel, Abena awakens to the world outside her sheltered, privileged life, the novel explores a multitude of awakenings and the opportunities that lie beyond the breaking down of barriers. This is a gorgeously transporting work, offering vivid insight into two strikingly diverse young lives in Ghana.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Abena and Faiza, 14-year-old girls living in Ghana, have very different experiences and expectations in this middle-grade story, in which they learn that the ways society fixates on differences can't hold a candle to the bright flame of friendship. Abena, the daughter of a wealthy doctor, spends the summer working at the Makola Market with her auntie, where she meets Faiza, a kaya girl who navigates the streets carrying shoppers' items in the pot upon her head. Despite the only commonality being their age, Abena and Faiza quickly become friends, and Abena learns that her worldview must be broadened if she wants to be the kind of journalist she dreams of becoming. With such a focused take on a common middle-grade plot of discovering class differences, the novel may feel simplistic, but it is laced with wonderful descriptions of food and dress that will transport readers to Ghana. A second part, set 15 years later, is a special treat that will especially appeal to readers on the upper end of the recommended grade range."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Set in an outdoor marketplace in the heart of Ghana's capital, Wolo's heartwarming debut traces a friendship that overcomes social boundaries, including class and language differences. Abena, the privileged 14-year-old daughter of a successful doctor, is set to spend her summer holidays at her aunt Lydia's fabric shop, a world away from her upbringing in wealthy Labone, where she attends an exclusive American private school. At Accra's Makola Market, Abena meets Faiza, a 14-year-old Muslim girl from a small, rural village in northern Ghana. Faiza has moved to Accra to work as a kayayoo, or girl porter, and often faces ill treatment from the market customers. The girls bond instantly over market snacks and the crushes they nurse on the brothers ("similar but different; cool as cucumbers") who work at a nearby electronics shop, while teaching each other their respective languages. Employing realistic dialogue and lush descriptions of the sights, smells, and tastes of Ghana, this smart exploration of friendship's lasting power centers two teens expanding and exploring their worlds. Ages 8--12. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlotte Sheedy Literary. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Markets -- Juvenile fiction.
Social classes -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Markets -- Fiction.
Social classes -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Ghana -- Juvenile fiction.
Ghana -- Fiction.
Publisher New York ; Boston :Little, Brown and Company,2022
Edition First edition.
Audience Ages 8-12.
Language English
Notes "Adapted from The Kaya-Girl, originally published in Ghana in 2012 by Techmate Publishers Ltd and in 2018 by Nsona Books."
Description 325 pages : map ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780316703932
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