Aya: The Secrets Come Out: Volume Three
by Marguerite Abouet, Illustrated by Clément Oubrerie
Publication Date: Sep 29, 2009
List Price: Unavailable
Format: Hardcover, 132 pages
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
Imprint: Drawn and Quarterly
Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
Parent Company: Drawn and Quarterly
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Aya has captured the hearts of North American readers of all ages for the rare portrait it paints of a vibrant, happy, bourgeois Ivory Coast in the 1970s, based upon Marguerite Abouet’s youth in Yop City. Not only is Aya complemented with Clément Oubrerie’s gorgeous artwork, but the volumes also offer a slice-of-life peek into African culture: complete with recipes, glossaries, and wardrobe instructions for turning one’s pagne (brightly colored fabric) into a skirt, head wrap, or baby carrier. Engaging and fun, the universal stories in Aya provide a much-needed context for today’s heartbreaking news stories.Aya is the winner of the Best First Album award at the Angoul me International Comics Festival, the Children’s Africana Book Award, and the Glyph Award; was nominated for the Quill Award, the YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels list, and the Eisner Award; and was included on "best of" lists in The Washington Post, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.
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