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Angel Boy
     

Angel Boy

by Bernard Ashley
 

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The holidays lie heavy on young Leonard Boameh. His schoolfriends live far away from his home town of Accra, his nana is no fun, and his dad - who's great - is away working most of the time. So Leonard decides to run away for a few hours, and when Nana isn't looking he takes the tro-tro bus to Elmina, a historic European fort built to imprison West African slaves

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The holidays lie heavy on young Leonard Boameh. His schoolfriends live far away from his home town of Accra, his nana is no fun, and his dad - who's great - is away working most of the time. So Leonard decides to run away for a few hours, and when Nana isn't looking he takes the tro-tro bus to Elmina, a historic European fort built to imprison West African slaves shipped off to America. There are lots of rough kids begging there, and before Leonard knows what's happening, he is kidnapped by the meanest gang of all, who plan to use his angel-face to fleece the tourists. Leonard is now a slave, trying to escape from a living nightmare. Bernard Ashley's thought-provoking Ghanaian story, set in the sinister, poverty-driven underworld of gangland, leads to a taut, thrilling climax.

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Certainly not the usual themes of books for children of this age goup, but none the worse for that. The unfamiliar setting is also a positive strength of the book, exploring the more familiar theme of the 'haves' and the 'have nots', but in Ghanaian society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845078096
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Bernard Ashley is a former head teacher who is now writing full-time. He lives in South London where he was born. Bernard's impressive list of titles reflects 35 years of writing realistic fiction - from picture books right up to teenage novels. Several of Bernard's books have been successfully televised and he has frequently appeared on prize lists - his Little Soldier was short-listed for the Guardian Prize in 2000. In addition to his other activities Bernard Ashley also advises internationally on matters concerned with literacy. He is also a very popular visitor to schools.

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