The Door of No Return
11-year-old Kofi Offin dreams of water. Its mysterious, immersive quality. The rich, earthy scent of the current. The clearness, its urgent whisper that beckons with promises and secrets…
Kofi has heard the call on the banks of Upper Kwanta, in the village where he lives. He loves these things above all else: his family, ...more
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Kwame has given young readers so many relatable books. This one was the first from him that I have read that really gave history behind the characters. Based in Africa, Alexander dug deeply into what the culture holds. As a white woman, I probably don’t understand it all, but I strive to.
This story is not jus ...more
It’s so hard not to fall in love with Kofi and as his innocence as he navigates school life much like any other child and even has a crush along the way.
This story really dives into love, loss, and betrayal. It also shows how insidious slavery is.
Definitely a quick must read, and with that ending, I need to know what’s next for Kofi.
Powerful historical novel in verse, set in Ghana in the 19th century. Young Kofi goes to a school where the teacher is cruelly insistent they use "the Queen's English" instead of Twi. He has an interest in Ama, a girl he knows who is forced to work at her uncle's house because of her family's poverty, and has big dreams for his future. These are shattered when his older brother accidentally kills another boy in a wrestling match during a festival, and when slave t ...more
It's 1860 in what is today Ghana. We meet Kofi who is part of the Asante Kingdom. He is 11 and loves his family, has a small crush on a girl and loves to swim. We learn about what life is for him as a young boy and what direction he will go as he grows older, but life doesn't always turn ...more
Life changes when a wrestling match at a festival ...more
In The Door of No Return, author Kwame Alexander tells the heartbreaking story of Kofi, a boy on the threshold of adulthood, and his close-knit and loving family. Readers get to know this curious and charming boy and will connect with his adolescent thoughts, feelings, and desires for the future. Young readers will undoubtedly be drawn in and quickly relate to him.There is joy in the story ...more
The Door of No Return takes us to pre-colonial (1850s/1860s) Ghana. It begins as a coming-of-age story about 12-year-old Kofi, and then we are taken on the journey as his world is turned upside down.
As Alexander has said about the book, “I wanted to speak the truth ...more
In this we follow 11 year old Koffi living his life and chilling! When one day his brother is challenged to represent their kingdom in a brawling match.. the end result has dire consequenses. It is also set in 1860, in a kingdom which now is current Ghana.
This is a beautiful and unique book, written in stunning verse that captures your heart and attention. I was so invested in this story and the pages passed me by. However, I was not a ...more
I listened to the audio via Libro.fm's free educator account and after finishing, I ...more