Writer: Marguerite Abouet
Artist: Clément Oubrerie
The titular character is a teenage girl, a bit older than the author herself would have been at the time. She is sweet, responsible and ambitious but her friends just want to go out dancing with boys. The main story of this first edition centers on one friend, Adjoua, who finds herself pregnant. But who is the father? In fact, the basic plot isn't specific to Africa at all - could just as easily take place in an American or European city.
Since the age of twelve, the author has lived in France, where the book was first published. The illustrator is her husband, Clément Oubrerie. The series - six volumes in all, four translated to English so far - has been very successful in France, even spawning an animated film. I'm definitely interested in reading more.
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