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The Door of No Return av Kwame Alexander
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The Door of No Return (utgåvan 2022)

av Kwame Alexander (Författare)

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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:

Dreams are today's answers for tomorrow's questions.

11-year-old Kofi Offin dreams of water. Its mysterious, immersive quality. The rich, earthy scent of the current. The clearness, its urgent whisper that beckons with promises and secrets...

Kofi has heard the call on the banks of Upper Kwanta, in the village where he lives. He loves these things above all else: his family, the fireside tales of his father's father, a girl named Ama, and, of course, swimming. Some say he moves like a minnow, not just an ordinary boy so he's hoping to finally prove himself in front of Ama and his friends in a swimming contest against his older, stronger cousin.

But before this can take place, a festival comes to the villages of Upper and Lower Kwanta and Kofi's brother is chosen to represent Upper Kwanta in the wrestling contest. Encircled by cheering spectators and sounding drums, the two wrestlers from different villages kneel, ready to fight.

You are only fine, until you are not.

The match is over before it has barely begun, when the unthinkablea sudden deathoccurs...

The river does not care how grown you are.
As his world turns upside down, Kofi soon ends up in a fight for his life. What happens next will send him on a harrowing journey across land and sea, and away from everything he loves.

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Medlem:MahoneyMSLibrary
Titel:The Door of No Return
Författare:Kwame Alexander (Författare)
Info:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2022), 432 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:January 2023

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A powerful and gutwrenching story that brings us the true courage and humanity of the enslaved people. A tale of how people betray themselves as they betray their own. A very powerful story that shows how we are all one at heart yet have never learned how to embrace each other to achieve our full strength and understanding. ( )
  FlowerBrookCottage | May 22, 2024 |
Representation: Black characters
Trigger warnings: Death and murder of a brother and another person by suicide in a body of water, near-death experiences, shipwreck, blood, grief and loss depiction, caning, physical assault and injury, slavery, colonisation
Score: Nine out of ten.

The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander circled my recommendations for months until the library finally purchased it and I soon picked it up. I glanced at the blurb, making it seem heavy, yet intriguing, and the ratings were high. I don't see poetry novels every day, and it was another hit when I closed the final page.

It starts with Kofi Offin living in the Asante Kingdom in 1860. Well that was a breath of fresh air. I wanted to read a piece of historical fiction that isn't white history or entirely set in a Western country for once. The opening pages look typical until I read 150 pages, and that's when the central storyline darkens the tone from there. It was heavy enough when Kofi's teacher forced him to speak English and not his first language, Twi, but now his future looks uncertain after he accidentally killed his opponent from the other part of the kingdom.

But wait! It gets worse. Kofi's life worsens when he is captured and is now a slave. It's a simplistic plot that's easy to follow, but it's a fascinating look into what slavery was like through Kofi's POV. The pacing is slow, almost lasting 400 pages, but it didn't feel tedious or repetitive as there was always something happening. The Door of No Return isn't a coming of age story like a quote on the front cover told me, it's more like a piece of historical fiction in verse. Alexander executed the writing style well, meeting my expectations, since he wrote compositions I enjoyed before this one. The final pages were heartbreaking as Kofi's fate is up in the air. Other than that one miss I still regard him as an excellent writer. The Door of No Return is the first instalment of a planned trilogy, which explains the abrupt conclusion, so I'm excited to see what happens next.
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  Law_Books600 | May 20, 2024 |
I didn't know what to expect with this novel. I try to read a novel without knowing much about it so that the story can unfold without prior knowledge. It's been on several lists for being well-written, so I decided to read it.

Basically, what has happened, happened. We can't turn back.

Kofi lives in Africa in the 1800s. He has a good life. His older brother possesses an admiring self-confidence; his parents and grandfather are loving; he likes a girl; and, he has a best friend. He talks about the beat of the drums and life in the village with his people. He speaks of a treaty with the neighboring country. He's not allowed out at night, and it's not explained to him why. Life is nice. The wrestling match between the countries comes about and everything changes.

The changes are what breaks the reader's heart and takes Kofi down a road that has changed history. ( )
  acargile | Sep 6, 2023 |
No, it's not Kwame's usual sports offering.....

.....but this is almost better.

Told in Kwame's novel in verse, we follow Kofi, a young African boy who is in love with a girl, torn between learning English and speaking in his native tongue, and focusing on besting his cousin in a swimming race. Kofi has always been told to avoid the river at sunset for danger lurks.

One day, Kofi learns how true that statement is.

Supposedly this is the first of a trilogy and to be honest, I am on the fence about that. You see, I am okay with ambivalent endings. Or endings that end somewhat on hope, you want more, but you don't want the storyline destroyed by pushing for me. Kofi's story his brother being killed in retaliation for accidentally killing someone from another village, Kofi being taken aboard what amounts to a slave ship, being enslaved by those of his own color is a sad but true one. Kwame admits wanting to document his people....and ultimately ending on hope. Owning the AFRICAN part of African American.

This book definitely skews older middle grade, if not teen, to me. Due to the violence, the subject matter, I will recommend this to older readers. It's not an obvious, or even appropriate segway from The Crossover. That being said, it is glorious! I could not put it down. ( )
  msgabbythelibrarian | Jun 11, 2023 |
Each character has such power as they face moments of joy and struggle. For a novel in verse (mostly) the book is still plot-driven/heavy, and will leave students and readers with a lot to draw on. Highly recommend!

Definitely consult trigger warnings and read the synopsis carefully before suggesting to patrons/families. ( )
  ACLopez6 | Feb 25, 2023 |
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Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:

Dreams are today's answers for tomorrow's questions.

11-year-old Kofi Offin dreams of water. Its mysterious, immersive quality. The rich, earthy scent of the current. The clearness, its urgent whisper that beckons with promises and secrets...

Kofi has heard the call on the banks of Upper Kwanta, in the village where he lives. He loves these things above all else: his family, the fireside tales of his father's father, a girl named Ama, and, of course, swimming. Some say he moves like a minnow, not just an ordinary boy so he's hoping to finally prove himself in front of Ama and his friends in a swimming contest against his older, stronger cousin.

But before this can take place, a festival comes to the villages of Upper and Lower Kwanta and Kofi's brother is chosen to represent Upper Kwanta in the wrestling contest. Encircled by cheering spectators and sounding drums, the two wrestlers from different villages kneel, ready to fight.

You are only fine, until you are not.

The match is over before it has barely begun, when the unthinkablea sudden deathoccurs...

The river does not care how grown you are.
As his world turns upside down, Kofi soon ends up in a fight for his life. What happens next will send him on a harrowing journey across land and sea, and away from everything he loves.

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