Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mike Suggests: Aya

Aya by Marguerite Abouet, author & Clement Oubrerie, illustrator

Sometimes a girl, no matter how good of a student she is or how well she follows her parents’ instructions, can get mixed up in the troubles of her friends and family. Set in the Ivory Coast of 1978, Aya follows its namesake character as she does her best to set things straight as people’s intrigues and meddling threaten to force some very dirty secrets out into the open. The book’s blurb says it best: an unpretentious and gently humorous story of an Africa we rarely see—spirited, hopeful and resilient.

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