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. - School Librarian
Ashley excels at tautly-potted, timely and highly topical thrillers which pack a real emotional punch. - Riveting Reads SLA
Binding: Paperback, 96 pages ISBN: 9781845078096 Format: 198mm x 129mm