"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