"A perceptive first novel ... Badoe's background as a documentary film-maker has honed her observational skills, fully utilised in the dextrously rounded characterisations. Commanding... few readers will not identify with its out-of-depth heroine."
-- Barry Forshaw, The Independent
"An action-packed chiller steeped in the passions and potential darkness of childhood." -- Melissa Katsoulis, The Sunday Telegraph
"An affecting coming-of-age story, touched with macabre mystery." -- Ian Thomson, The Times Literary Supplement
"The intimacy and uncertainty of adolescence is strongly evoked, with an exile's sensual longing for the sights, smells and tastes of Africa." -- Catherine Taylor, The Guardian
"The novel surges with raw emotion: guilt, love, betrayal, loss and treachery." -- The Daily Mail
Yaba is a `Rising Star' -- Independent
`spookily menacing' -- Marie Claire
From the Inside Flap
Eleven year old Ajuba has been abandoned at a Devon boarding school by her Ghanaian father.Haunted by the circumstances of her mother's breakdown and the ghosts of the life she left behind in Ghana, she falls under the spell of new girl Polly Venus and her chaotic, glamorous family.But all is not what it might seem in the Venus household and Ajuba struggles to make sense of things as they tear each other apart in front of her.One day the girls find what they think are a dead kittens wrapped up in an old coat in the attic of the Venus' manor house... the bones turn out to be those of a dead baby. Obsessed with the detectives of the American magazine serial True Murder, the girls set out to find out what happened to the baby. As the summer draws to a close, three tragedies conflate, with catastrophic results.
In this assured debut, Yaba Badoe explores a passionate, if unlikely friendship between two troubled adolescent girls and the dysfunctional and ultimately destructive power of love.
From the Back Cover
'The novel surges with raw emotion: guilt, love, betrayal, loss -- and treachery' Daily Mail
Eleven-year-old Ajuba has been abandoned at a Devon boarding school by her Ghanaian father. Haunted by the circumstances of her mother's breakdown, Ajuba falls under the spell of new girl Polly Venus, and her chaotic, glamorous family. As the passionate bond between the two girls deepens, they discover what they think are the bones of kittens, hidden in the attic of the Venus home, but the bones are human. The girls set out to unravel the mystery but as the summer draws to a close, three tragedies conflate, with catastrophic results.
'The intimacy and uncertainty of adolescence is strongly evoked' Guardian
'Commanding... Few readers will not identify with its out-of-depth heroine' Independent--This text refers to the Paperback edition.