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De elfjarige Ajuba wordt door haar Ghanese vader op een kostschool in Engeland gedropt als duidelijk is dat haar geestelijk zieke moeder niet meer voor haar kan zorgen. Al snel raakt Ajuba bevriend met een andere nieuwkomer, de Amerikaanse Polly Venus, en haar chaotische, warme familie. Op een dag vinden de meisjes bij Polly thuis beenderen op zolder die van een lang geled...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2009 by De Boekerij
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Rog Pile
When her mother is taken to hospital, eleven-year-old Ajuba is placed at a Devon boarding school.

Her memories of Ghana are of the house on Kuku hill and the growing rift between her parents, of how her mother had become increasingly jealous and had taken to stalking through the house during thunderstorms, trying to glimpse the faces of her husband’s lovers in mirrors during flashes of lightning.

Polly Venus is a charismatic new American student who Ajuba is asked to help settle in. But it quickly...more
This book was a little strange, it made me feel both empathy and dislike for the characters. The adults are immature and self centred and the children are left to get on with life on their own and therefore start to make mischief which gives you and uncomfortable feeling that it will all end in tears. I did enjoy the book but I would have liked it to be a little more menacing as it seemed to be trying to be frightening but not quite making it. I did have a suspicion as to what the end would be b...more
Precious Williams
I'm surprised this novel has received such poor reviews so far on Goodreads. I am about three quarters of the way through it and I am finding it a joy to read. It's exquisitely written and the story is weird and enchanting.

The story is about a girl from Ghana who is sent to a mainly white boarding school in a rural part of England. While there she befriends a white American girl who is obsessed with murder...
Ioannis Savvas
Η επιλογή ενός βιβλίου έχει πάντα ένα ρίσκο. Θα βγει καλό;

Αγόρασα το True Murder της Yaba Badoe νομίζοντας ότι έχω να κάνω με ένα μυθιστόρημα μυστηρίου και φόνων. Τελικά ήταν μια νουβέλα γλυκανάλατη. Το διάβασα σε fast forward. Από τα πιο βαρετά βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει! Μην το πάρετε, είναι χάσιμο χρόνου.
Annie Paul
I couldn't put this book's an unusual one, doesn't neatly fit into any neatly weaves Africa into a quintessentially English story we're all somewhat familiar with...the result is quite spellbinding...
This book is very cleverly put together, and works on the premise that shit happens. The story and the characters are very believable and it's fast moving tension keeps you reading - great!
I downloaded a Kindle sample because I was looking for something to read for Ghanian Literature Week, but it seemed a bit YA to me so I didn't go on with it.
To be honest I'm not sure if I liked this book or not. Its a bit depressing, but I did find the main character Ajuba quite endearing. OK for a quick read.
Great book. Loved it! Quite different and very well written!
Odd. Odd but good. I was intrigued until the very end.
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