Adwoa Badoe Between Sisters

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When sixteen-year-old Gloria fails thirteen out of fifteen subjects on her final exams, her future looks bleak indeed. Her family's resources are meager so the entire family is thrilled when a distant relative, Christine, offers to move Gloria north to Kumasi to look after her toddler son, Sam. In exchange, after two years, Christine will pay for Gloria to go to dressmaking school.

Life in Kumasi is more grand than anything Gloria has ever experienced. She joins a youth band at church — something that allows her to pursue her great love, singing — and Christine has even promised to teach her to read.

But Kumasi is also full of temptations — the owner of a popular clothing shop encourages her to buy clothes on credit, and the smooth-talking Dr. Kusi offers Gloria rides in his red sports car. Eventually Gloria is betrayed by the people around her and is disillusioned by her new life. But in the end she decides who she can trust, and draws her own considerable inner resources to put the bad experiences behind her.

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Adwoa Badoe was born and raised in Ghana, where she qualified and practiced as a doctor. Since moving to Canada she has published The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories (illustrated by Baba Wague´ Diakite´), Nana’s Cold Days (illustrated by Bushra Junaid), The Queen’s New Shoes and Crabs for Dinner, twelve other books for children in Africa, as well as a memoir (“Witness in Silk”) in the anthology My Wedding Dress: True-Life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle. She is an artist and popular speaker who performs her stories orally and with African dance.

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Gr 8 Up–Sixteen-year-old Gloria Bampo lives in Ghana and has just failed most of her exams. She can barely read or write English, thereby drastically limiting her options for the future. Her father is a staunch Christian and a deacon of the church, and no one will talk about her mother's serious illness. Gloria's sister, Effie, seems to have a secret life complete with a sailor boyfriend. When Gloria is offered the chance to work for a rich female doctor as a housekeeper and nanny, she is introduced to the nicer things in life. But circumstances get complicated quickly with new clothes, new friends, and a doctor's attentions all creating their own temptations. The story provides a fascinating glimpse into a culture, but, unfortunately, does not grow from there. The characters are somewhat static and the introduction of concern about the AIDS epidemic of the early 1990s is forced. The pace of the novel is rather quick with problems introduced and then solved within a few pages only, which may, in part, be due to the clipped and bare-bones language. The conclusion of the story, as well, does not offer much resolution as the biggest conflicts are not really dealt with.Naphtali L. Faris, Saint Louis Public Library, MO
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