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The Deep Blue Between

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  124 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Twin sisters Hassana and Husseina's home is in ruins after a brutal raid. But this is not the end but the beginning of their story, one that will take them to unfamiliar cities and cultures, where they will forge new families, ward off dangers and truly begin to know themselves.

As the twins pursue separate paths in Brazil and the Gold Coast of West Africa, they remain conn
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 15th 2020 by Pushkin Children's Books
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What a beautiful, sweeping tale packed in a tiny book… I loved it!

The Deep Blue Between is Ayesha Harruna Attah’s first teen book about twin girls Hassana and Husseina who got separated when their town was raided by rebels. Set in the late 18th and early 19th century, the book is told from both Hassana in the first person and Husseina in the third person. Barely 10 years old and they were separated during the transport after the raid, they each ended up living different lives. Hassana ended u
Uchenna (favourite_igbo_boy)
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did enjoyed this 😍.
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5 stars

This was a heart-wrenching read at times, a story of two twin sisters, together and then separated. They were separated as far from one another as could be imagined and their journeys were very different. There were a number of moments where I felt like I was reading through my hands but there was also a thread of hope throughout.

The cover is a vibrant as the story that was told and descriptions of the different places these sisters navigated. At times, I found the narrative voice a li
Oct 22, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
I loved the idea of two sisters finding each other, but I had to DNF this by page 50 due to the rape, violent beatings and animal sacrifice. Just too heavy for me.
Jearl Boatswain
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Deep Blue Between – Between oceans, cultures, languages and faiths, two sisters' search for one another aided by dreams makes for a ethereal, dreamy read.

This was such a comforting read to get wrapped up in. For a novel that blends dual narratives, the descriptions of loss and familial longing are lyrical throughout.

Following the story of two sisters, I did favour Vitoria's chapters, with the vivid descriptions of Candomble. Interestingly, the Afro-Brazillian religion plays a huge role, espe
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish for every back teenager / high school learner to read this one. One of the best YA books I've read. One of the best books I've read. Buy your teen a copy. Read the copy too. What a gem! ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
s a child I really liked historical novels and especially those set in places other than Germany. Looking back, I fear - though I can't recall the specific titles - that most of these were highly problematic (I especially remember some with Indigenous characters). But if done right, I believe historical fiction for children and youths has the potential to open up a wider understanding of the world, nurture curiosity, enable children to see themselves and/or those they love in the past (and thus ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
!!! book review -

solid 4 stars.

Aww, the ending was cute! This was a long journey, especially for readers of 'The Hundred Wells of Salaga' which was published in 2018, where we were first introduced to the twins - Hassana and Husseina.

sidebar - imagine the deep annoyance I felt encountering Wofa Sarpong again, at the beginning of this novel. Does anyone hate him more than me? whew...

Aisha (thatothernigeriangirl)
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it

Very lovely book and such intense research reflected through the innocence of childhood and young adulthood
Highly recommend!
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookbox-books
Writing reviews is something I really enjoy. Not only because I like telling others about the (mostly) lovely and sometimes unknown books, but also because it gives me the time to think about what I've just read, what kind of journey I've been on, what I've learned and who I've gotten to know along the way. However, writing positive reviews is mostly much easier than writing negative ones. Because with positive reviews I enjoy those extra time with the book and the characters. With negative revi ...more
Anika  | Chapters of May
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Deep Blue Between is a strikingly historic tale about love, loss, family, and hope. It tells the story of Hassana and Husseina, twins who are separated as children and grow up with an ocean between them. The only thing that connects them are their dreams, as they long to be united once again.

Ayesha Harruna Attah’s vivid and enchanting descriptions Brazil and the Gold Coast brilliantly establish the impassioned atmosphere for this book. Her writing style stirs up a courageous spirit that mak
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-box-club
The deep blue between is a historical fiction that looks at the suffering of one family in Africa. I found it very interesting and would definitely be interested in learning more about the aspects of life that the book covers.

It is told for the perspective of twins Hassana and Husseina after they’ve been separated. Hassana manages to stay with their older sister, but the rest of the family is lost. The circumstances of both twins are incredibly sad and I found that I definitely wanted to know h
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful work of historical fiction which highlights the challenges of sisterhood in the best ways. Hassana and Husseina are separated when their home is raided at just 10 years of age. Hussaina, the quieter twin, ends up in difficult circumstances until a kind woman takes her to Brazil. Hassana escapes her own difficult circumstances and remains on the Gold Coast of Africa.

The sisters both share dreams, and at the beginning with limited understanding of world Geography, they don't u
Eva Grinberga
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC from NetGalley

Here we have a beautifully crafted tale about twin sisters torn apart at a very young age who never give up trying to get back to each other. Their twin connection makes it that bit more magical. We follow their journeys across half the world and through most of their childhood and teenage years and luckily enough with plenty of hardship also comes plenty of good people along the way.

Overall I enjoyed this story because tales of sisterhood always appeal to me. It did happen on
Rhoda (Lala)
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Didn't want it to end! Loved the exploration of African-South American relations. Well written. Well researched. ...more
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an EARC of this title prior to its release in exchange for an honest review.
A story ultimately about love, loss, survival, and most importantly, maintaining hope even in the darkest of times.
I want to preface this review by encouraging you to find own voices reviews of this book, prior to reading mine as although I can talk critically about the book I feel as if the story itself may be more influential and meaningful for a different audience and woul
Dec 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: already-bought
The idea of this book was quite promising, the execution... not so much. It feels like the author took the opportunity to describe African culture on two continents, which could be very interesting, if those facts were incorporated in the story. It felt more like the main story was forgotten from time to time. The facts and culture were interesting, but I didn't feel any connection to the characters, to their development, and the ending that might be emotional if the story was well done, didn't ...more
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelves
I kinda enjoyed reading it, but when I shut down the book, I still had so many questions. Just don’t think it was the right book for me to read.
Satbo Reads Books
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
You were on the other side of this," said Hassana, spreading her fingers at the sea. "This was separating us." "But it also brought us back together," said Vitória...

Husseina (AKA Vitória) and Hassana are twins connected by their dreams. The two are separated after their town is left in ruins due to a merciless raid. Clues in shared dreams that Hussana can only get when she is deeply sad, is the only way she can find her sister. With Hussana being in the Gold Coast and Husseina in Brazil, will f
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a YA book, that NetGalley kindly gifted to me a few months ago, set across the Golden Coast of West Africa and a post-colonised Brazil. Unbeknown to many, Brazil was “home” to more enslaved African citizens than any other country in the world. It is with this as a backdrop that Attar narrates the lives of two twins that have been separated by slave traders, aged 10. For those reading a variety of non-fiction titles on the atrocities of slavery at the moment, I believe this title is the p ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC from NetGalley
This book follows the story for Hassana and Husseina, twins that have been kidnapped and separated, and their struggle to find each other and be one again. This book stirred a variety of emotions while reading it and kept me glued to me seat wanting to know how their stories will develop.
This story alternates between their two stories and the writing changes between the two narratives. I very much enjoy reading a story from different perspectives and this one came together bea
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A YA novel about sisters! A story about twins! Finding their way back to each other after being separated because of slavery and colonialism and finding themselves in the process! This is a beautiful story; the writing is immersive and fast-paced since the twins (and the reader) travel between Brazil and the Gold Coast of Africa frequently. Husseina/Vitória and Hassana felt so real to me and I miss them already. I just wanted them to be happy, even when the odds were stacked against them in so m ...more
Isabel Sainz
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Realistic and creative, a big surprise for me.
I really enjoyed this reading. This story, helped me learn a little more about two unknown cultures, I was completely caught up with some descriptions and facts.
The sisters' relationships and personalities, in my opinion, give this story "a cherry on the cake", they are very complicated, but they are well written, they are inspiring and tragic enough to understand them.
I like the way perspectives are written, makes of the story more captivating and
Laura M
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a wonderful read and has made me think long after I finished reading it. It is a story of a set of twins who were separated during a raid on their home in Africa. The story is written from the perspective of both girls and is done in a very clever way. The book spans years and the story of them finally reuniting after they both grow up and continue to have life changing events happen to them. Oceans cannot keep them apart but when they finally do reunite all is not as simple and st ...more
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
The writing is a nice and the story moves slowly before your eyes. It tells the story of two sisters with a special bond, desperate to find one another.
It is a great book.
However, I didn't find a way ro connect to the characters and story, which made it too hard to keep up with it.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one took me by surprise, mostly because I underestimated it for being only 252 pages long. And what a story unfolded in these 252 pages!
We follow twin sisters Hassana and Husseina, their lives, losses and growth over a period of 7 years. They lost each other at the age of 10 and each was given different paths, including obstacles and hope. I loved how they both overcame all odds and became strong personalities and made a living for themsleves without ever loosing their bond.
The writing was
Stephanie Jane
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed reading The Deep Blue Between! This coming of age novel is intended for a young adult audience, but (as a much older reader) I never felt as though this story was too young for me. I would perhaps query the 'epic' claim of the synopsis because I found The Deep Blue Between to be a pretty fast paced book that I happily devoured in a day. My idea of an epic is more of a brick-sized book that
Ely Nuku
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Finally got to read this book.
It’s an off shoot of the Hundred Wells of Salaga, following the journey of the twin sisters. Of course my faith and belief struggled with the book but I can’t fault @ayeshahattah writing. She took me from Abetifi to Lagos then Accra to Brazil with snapshots of Boti and Kintampo. She touched on slavery, the role of women in Ghana’s independence struggle, faith and belief, love, economic independence, friendship. What I loved was how strong the women in the book were
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Pushkin Press and NetGalley for approving me to read 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝘋𝘌𝘌𝘗 𝘉𝘓𝘜𝘌 𝐵𝑒𝓉𝓌𝑒𝑒𝓃 by Ayesha Harruna Attah.
The story follows two young twin girls who are separated after their village is raided. The story follows them in the journey of trying to find each other and reunite, and in their journey of discovering themselves as individuals as they grow into young women.
𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘵𝘸𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘮𝘦. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘐’𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘐 𝘴𝘵
Ellesha Syke
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
'A rich, sweeping historical adventure, the Deep Blue Between is a moving story of the unbreakable bonds of sisterhood.'

Set at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th, this emotional short novel has so much packed into it. We follow twin sisters Hassana and Husseina, who at around the age of 10 are separated from each other and their family. They have brutal beginnings, being taken into slavery despite that it had been made illegal. Both manage to escape with those horrors with the
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