Hundreds of children across Kingston & St. Andrew are in for a fun-filled, humorous adventure as they learn to fish, go crab hunting, swim, make a kite, and eat mangoes with Amanda Simpson and the crew. They will experience many of the joys and tears of an unforgettable summer in the minutes it takes to read excerpts from No Boy like Amanda. The novel, Hope Barnett’s debut masterpiece, has been selected by the Jamaica Reading Association (JRA) and First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union (FHCCU) as the official book for their National Reading Week 2013 activities.
Set in rural Jamaica, in a fictional north coast town, No Boy like Amanda tells the story of Amanda, a young girl in a loving family with four boys and meagre resources. She tries very hard to fit in with her brothers, who always seem to be having a lot of fun while excluding her. But Amanda is not a ‘tom boy’. She does not take naturally to the games and other activities, and so her involvement usually ends in disaster.