Aya, de Yopougon

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Jonathan Cape, 2007 - ChildrenxConduct of life - 96 pages
178 Reviews

For the residents of Yopougon, everyday life is good. It is the early 1970s, a golden time - work is plentiful, hospitals are clean and well equipped, and school is obligatory. The Ivory Coast is as an island of relative wealth and stability in West Africa. For the teenagers of the town, though, worries are plentiful, and life in Yop City is far from simple.

Aya tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the clear-sighted and bookish Aya, and her carefree and fun-loving friends Adjoua and Bintou. Navigating meddling relatives and neighbours, the girls spend a last summer of their childhood on the sun-warmed streets of Yop City - sneaking out for dancing at open-air bars, strong solibra beer, chicken in peanut sauce and avoiding at all costs the scandal pages of the Calamity Morning....

Aya is a captivating, colourful and hugely entertaining portrayal of an Africa we rarely see, spirited and resilient, and full of the sounds, sights and smells of a prosperous town and its varied inhabitants.

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Nice pacing and story telling. - Goodreads
A simple, engaging story with fun illustrations. - Goodreads
The visuals were colorful and full of life and energy. - Goodreads
Loved the illustrations and adored the story! - Goodreads
Good characterization as well. - Goodreads
Such beautiful artwork and coloring! - Goodreads

Review: Aya (Aya #1)

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

It was ok. The pacing was all off and there were no transitions between different scenes which was very jarring at times. I was confussed because the story really isn't about the title character at all, she plays a very minor role it is really the story of her two best friends. Read full review

Review: Aya of Yop City (Aya #2)

User Review  - Hans - Goodreads

This series is an interesting read because the story lines have a universal tone, while it remains firmly placed in Ivory Coast in the 1970s. The author builds fiction from a strong foundation of memories. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan in 1971 and now lives outside Paris.

Clément Oubrerie was born in Paris in 1966 and has illustrated more than forty children's books.

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