The Kaya Girl
By Mamle Wolo
Format: HC, 336 pp, map
Age Range: 8–12 yrs / Grades 3–7
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, NY, 2022
When Faiza, a Muslim migrant girl from northern Ghana, and Abena, a wealthy doctor's daughter from the south, meet by chance in Accra's largest market, where Faiza works as a porter or kaya girl, they strike up an unlikely and powerful friendship that transcends their social inequities and opens up new worlds to them both.
"...will transport readers to Ghana."―Booklist
"Readers...will also recognize that moving beyond bias can be an act of individual courage and choice."―BCCB
"Middle graders will enjoy being transported to the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of the Makola Market in Accra, Ghana, which set the stage for Adena’s summer."―School Library Journal, starred review
"Employing realistic dialogue and lush descriptions of the sights, smells, and tastes of Ghana, this smart exploration of friendship’s lasting power centers two teens expanding and exploring their worlds."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
About the Author:
MAMLE WOLO is an award-winning Ghanaian-German author who studied at the University of Cambridge and the University of Lancaster in the UK, and is an Honorary Fellow in Writing of the University of Iowa. She writes fiction, poetry, and screenplays and lives with her family in Accra, Ghana.