Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Figgy in the World

Academic journal article Literacy Learning: The Middle Years

Figgy in the World

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Title: Figgy in the world

Author: Tamsin Janu

Publisher: Omnibus Books, 2014 (183 pages)

Figgy in the World is the Australian author Tamsin Janu's debut novel. Janu lived in Ghana for three months working at a school and an orphanage. What a strongly written novel she has produced. I had trouble putting it down. The sheer popularity of Figgy, an endearing and brave central character who is also the narrator, has already produced two sequels: Figgy and the president (2016) and Figgy takes the city (2017).

I feel certain middle years children will take utter delight in reading or being read the story about this strong and determined girl, her goat Kwame and her soon to be best friend or adopted brother Nana. Figgy lives with her grandmother and father in a rural village in Ghana. They endure harsh conditions daily yet Figgy's only complaint in life is with her name. She feels certain that no one else in the whole of her country has that name. While overhearing talk of her grandmother's illness and fearing her grandmother Ama will soon die, Figgy and Kwame embark on a journey to America, a country Figgy believes has the best doctors and the best medicine to bring back in order to save her beloved Ama. …

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