Looking Up by Abena Eyeson
With her father Solomon absent and her mother Maggie working in London, thirteen-year-old Esi has lived contently with her grandma in Ghana for many years. Now Maggie has sent for her.
The move to London forces Esi to deal with challenges she’s never faced before and brings up questions about her parents, the answers to which change her life.
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Books by Abena Eyeson
Thirteen-year-old Esi is reluctantly on her way to London, England.
After many happy years with Grandma in Ghana, she is joining Maggie – the mother she hasn’t lived with since the age of six.
Her move to London, not only forces Esi to deal with challenges she’s never faced before, but it brings up numerous questions about
Solomon, her absent father, and Maggie – the answers to which in the end change her life.
Looking Up is a story that explores family, absent parents, migration, friendship, bullying as well as finding the wherewithal to deal with the problems life throws at you.
“Looking Up is a breezy read that gives great insight into teenage life, immigrant viewpoints, and multicultural perspectives. Through her migration and adjustment story, we learn more about her family roots and cultural traditions in Ghana. Esi’s grandmothers and school friends are critical characters. Some are the source of her challenges while others guide her through tough times. The story covers the
topics of bullying, parenting styles, divorce, the role of extended family, and ethnocentrism/racism.” Published in Africa Access Review (October 1, 2019)
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