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Angel Boy

Written by Bernard Ashley

Angel Boy Synopsis

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. This title is also available as an ebook, in either Kindle, ePub or Adobe ebook editions

Angel Boy Press Reviews

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. || Ashley excels at tautly-potted, timely and highly topical thrillers which pack a real emotional punch.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781845078096
Publication date: 14th July 2008
Author: Bernard Ashley
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 96 pages

About Bernard Ashley

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. To visit Bernard Ashley's website click here

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