Between Sisters

Between Sisters

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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, Sam. In exchange, after two years, Christine will pay for Gloria to go to dressmaking 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 clothes on credit, and the smooth-talking Dr. Kusi off ers Gloria rides in his red 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780888999962
0888999968
9780888999979
0888999976
Branch Call Number: PS8553 A312 B47 2010x
BADOE A
Characteristics: 205 p. ; 19 cm

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DanceFiddler
Aug 22, 2013

Gloria moves from a poor neighborhood in Accra to work as a live-in nanny for a doctor in Kumasi. The work is easy and even fun, and Gloria begins to explore well-to-do life for the first time, meeting it with a painful innocence. Then things begin to crumble about her. A nice look at life in modern-day Ghana. Gloria’s naïveté is heartrending—you want to pick her up out of the story and tell her the danger she’s in sometimes. Average.

debwalker Feb 21, 2011

Story of adolescence in Ghana c. 1994. "Seeps together coming-of-age quandaries and, for the reader, an education in the prevailing attitudes, social issues and culture (even cuisine) of that place and time."
Deirdre Baker

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BPLNextBestTeens Dec 23, 2011

Living in a poor area of Accra, 16 year old Gloria has dreams of becoming a dressmaker, but after failing most of final exams it seems unlikely to happen. Then a distant relative, Christine, offers to move Gloria to Kumasi to look after her son. In exchange, Christine will pay for Gloria to go to dressmaking school. In Kumasi Gloria learns that city life is much different than from her home village. She quickly has to learn who she can trust and that temptations be it material or human must be addressed. When everything starts to go wrong Gloria misses her sister and must decide how she will move forward with her future and her family.

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