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A powerful, haunting debut that steps seamlessly from the horrors of people-trafficking to the magic of African folklore by an award-winning Ghanaian-British filmmaker, shortlisted for the Branford Boase award 2018 and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie award. Sante was a baby when she was washed ashore in a sea-chest laden with treasure. It seems she is the sole survivor of the tragic sinking of a ship carrying migrants and refugees. Her people. Fourteen years on she's a member of Mama Rose's unique and dazzling circus. But, from their watery grave, the unquiet dead are calling Sante to avenge them: A bamboo flute. A golden bangle. A ripening mango which must not fall . . .
. . . are these the missing pieces of the jigsaw which will tell Sante's story?

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9781786695499
  • ISBN: 9781786695499
  • Pub Date: 8th March 2018
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus
  • Imprint: Zephyr
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 320

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9th December '17
Belllboo read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I really enjoyed reading A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars it was so different from what I usually read.  At first it was a bit difficult to get in to as you have to get used to the time line jumping between Santes past as a survivor of a shipwreck and her present as a traveller and part of the circus but I soon got into it. 

I think older children (10 and up)  would understand and enjoy this story. 
18th November '17
GraceS246 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars 9781786695499
5 stars
Absolutely fantastic! Grace thoroughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend
27th December '17
Tee9 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
i have been taking my time reading this book and have found it challenging for me in a very positive way which has meant i was able to understand the book. I really enjoyed the story overall once i got into it i was grasped would really recommend this 
7th January '18
Lydib read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
Once I had read quite a bit of the book I started to get into and enjoy the story. It took a while. It was a difficult read but I enjoyed it. I would recommend it for people a bit older than me.
1st December '17
I read it to chaboyfaz aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
It took a while for me to get into this book, but I ultimately enjoyed it. I loved the circus elements as well as the Ghanaian mythology. The prose has a unique, poetic style with brilliant imagery and lots of short sentences. The story itself is almost like two stories operating concurrently: we learn about Sante's life as a performer while seeing flashbacks of her shipwreck. It's really powerfully done! 

I do want to highlight that the book unfortunately does frequently have slurs against Romani people. Sante's surrogate family is Romani, and they encounter a lot of hatred as they travel throughout Europe. I think that sadly this mirrors the reality of many places in Europe, but it could have been called out on page. 
9th May '18
EmmaON read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
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5 stars
I really enjoyed this book, it is definitely for a older child. It took me a while to read it as I didn’t get into the story the first time I tried, but the second time I couldn’t put it down
30th April '18
Livliv read it themselves aged 14 aged 14
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5 stars
It was such a beautifully written book! What first drew my attention was the colourful and absolutely gorgeous cover and then I read it and was struck by the amazing writing and developed characters! 
19th December '17
Gaby read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
A truly fabulous magical story about Mama Rose’s inspiring family circus. I loved the magic of the book. I liked the fortune telling of Sante’s dreams. It made me travel along with t(e family circus.
I loved it so much that I recommended to the librarian at my school to purchase a few copies for our young adults section. I have also asked my mum to read it!
14th May '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Aaron05 aged 12 aged 12
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2 stars
The cover of this book is absolutely beautiful and is one of the reasons I enetered the competition to win it.  I also thought the subject matter an unusual choice for Young Adult fiction.

This book explores the dark and difficult issues of human trafficking, refugees and the politics involved.  I thought that it would provide a challenging and thought provoking read.  However, the difficult subjects were mixed with magical realism and this sadly detracted from their importance.  I often felt like I was reading two stories, each with bits of plot missing.  I feel that had Yaba Badoe focused on one or the other it would have been a much easier story to read and would have prompted the reader to ask all sorts of questions.

My son tried a few chapters and found the writing style difficult to follow.
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About Yaba Badoe

Yaba Badoe is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. A graduate of King's College Cambridge, she worked as a civil servant in Ghana before joining the BBC. Her short stories have been published in Critical Quarterly and African Love Stories: an anthology edited by Ama Ata Aidoo. In 2009 her debut novel, True Murder, was published by Jonathan Cape....

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