Steeped in the rich culture of the Asante people this powerful coming of age story is told by 11 year old Kofi. In Kofi's village the boys go to an English school and learn the English ways unlearning everything that makes them who they are. At home they speak their language, learn to follow the old ways and the true path to adulthood that generations have followed before them. Kofi deals with universal problems of first love, rivalry, bullies and questions of what it means to be a man but when he is forced into a swimming contest his life will change forever. Narrated in colorful melodic prose that instantly calms the listener( even during the dramatic parts) this is a story that will resonate with middle grade, young adult and adults. So glad this is the first of three books.
I highly recommend the audiobook. 4 stars
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