Angel Boy by Bernard Ashley

Angel Boy

Written by Bernard Ashley

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This is an eye-opening and compelling book of life in Ghana told through the eyes of a young boy who finds himself trapped in a living nightmare. Thought-provoking and sinister in equal measure it will take you into the poverty driven underworld of gangland Ghana and lead you to a taut and thrilling climax.


Angel Boy by Bernard Ashley

Leonard runs away from home in Ghana to the historic slave fort of Elmina, where he is kidnapped by a gang of street kids and forced to work for them. A thought-provoking thriller set in an African context for young readers.


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

'have nots', but in Ghanaian society. School Librarian Ashley excels at tautly-potted, timely and highly topical thrillers which pack a real emotional punch. Riveting Reads SLA'

About the Author

Bernard Ashley

Bernard Ashley lives in Charlton, south east London, only a street or so from where he was born. He was educated at the Roan School, Blackheath and Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester. After National Service in the RAF Bernard trained to teach at Trent Park College of Education, specializing in Drama. He followed this with an Advanced Diploma at the Cambridge Institute and has recently been awarded honorary Doctorates in Education by the University of Greenwich and in letters by the University of Leicester. During his career as a teacher he worked in Kent, Hertfordshire, Newham and Greenwich, with thirty years of headships in the last three.

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96 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

19th June 2008




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