Author Nemen M. Kpahn is back with another perfect summer read for young adult readers, ages 8-12 years old. In Drama on Pipe Line Road, this brother-sister team, 11-year-old, Gontay and his 9-year-old sister, Layevah, are too busy doing what boys and girls their age do, playing; so they have no idea of the terrifying announcement playing on the radio about Liberia’s most notorious criminal, Black Cat, who is on the run. As the drama unfolds in Monrovia’s Paynesville community, the children’s witty observations and clever actions soon lead to Black Cat’s capture. Even the police chief is impressed, making them local heroes.
For the second time, Kpahn has teamed up with Osbert to bring this story to life. Since joining Village Tales Publishing in 2016, Ashaba Osbert has done illustrations for three other books; Ballah Makes Shapes (Augustus Y. Voahn), Toby Pannoh’s Good Manners for Boys and Girls (Ophelia S. Lewis), and Little Brave Lydia (Nemen M. Kpahn).
We are happy and proud to be celebrating the soon to be released of our first graphic novel for young readers, and (you bet) we are building more titles via our Reading-Our-World series. African children can relate to these characters, even see their selves as these characters, and know that they, too, can be heroes, and not just victims of poverty.