Groundwood Books

Between Sisters

Written by Adwoa Badoe

For students in grades - 9 | Published September 01, 2010 | ISBN 9781554981892
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Africa

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208 pages
Digital Format

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About this book

Between Sisters

Adwoa Badoe

When sixteen-year-old Gloria fails thirteen out of fifteen subjects on her final exams, her future looks bleak indeed. Her family's resources are meager so the entire family is thrilled when a distant relative, Christine, offers to move Gloria north to Kumasi to look after her toddler son. In exchange, after two years, Christine will pay for Gloria to go to school.

Life in Kumasi is more grand than anything Gloria has ever experienced. She joins a youth band at church and Christine has even promised to teach her to read. But Kumasi is also full of temptations -- the owner of a popular clothing shop encourages her to buy on credit, and the smooth-talking Dr. Kusi offers Gloria rides in his sports car. Eventually Gloria is betrayed by the people around her and is disillusioned by her new life. But in the end she decides who she can trust, and draws on her own considerable inner resources to put the bad experiences behind her.

About the Author

Adwoa Badoe

Adwoa Badoe is a Ghanaian-born physician, storyteller, educator, writer and African dance instructor. She is the author of the novel Between Sisters, as well as several picture books, including The Pot of Wisdom, illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité and Nana’s Cold Days, illustrated by Bushra Junaid.

Awards and Praise
This honest glimpse of one adolescent is as particular to the well-detailed West African setting as it is universal in subject and theme.
  • Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, 2011