Aya, de Yopougon

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Jonathan Cape, 2007 - ChildrenxConduct of life - 96 pages
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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  - Kitsch - Goodreads

A light-hearted read that feels entirely authentic, "Aya" manages to offer a perspective of 1970s Ivory Coast that captures everyday life in a relatable manner. Story and artwork combine to truly ... Read full review

Review: Aya (Aya #1)

User Review  - Jj Burch - Goodreads

Perhaps it's because I identified with the brainy girl who just wanted to do homework when her BFFs just wanted to get with boys, but I really enjoyed the first installment of this graphic novel ... 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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