By: Tamsin Janu
Genre: Primary Fiction - YFCB - Thrillers (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Omnibus Books
Published: 01 Jun 2014
ISBN: 9781742990453


Figgy has two problems. One is her name. Nobody in Ghana has that name. The other is that her grandmother is ill and needs special medicine. Figgy can’t do much about her name, but she can do something for Grandma Ama. She will go to America and bring back the medicine, and Kwame, her special goat, will go with her. Out in the wide world she will meet some bad people, but she will also find good friends.


It’s great when we have the chance to introduce a young debut author.

Figgy In The World is set in Ghana and the innocent voice that tells this story is both refreshing and fun.

When Grandma Ama falls ill Figgy, who is eight years old, leaves home with her pet goat and a plan to travel to America to get medicine to fix her.

As her unlikely journey begins she soon meets orphan Nana and together they experience both the best and the worst in the people that they encounter.

Although Figgy and Nana never reach America, the ending shows what the human spirit can achieve.

This will be an eye-opener for younger children, 8 years old and up, who will gain an experience of life far outside of their own. It is also wonderfully well written and a thoroughly nice story.

Reviewed by Rob