How Far We’ve Come by Joyce Efia Harmer



This book was not what I expected. It tells the story of an awful part of the world’s history in a unique and insightful way. It makes you question ‘How Far We’ve Come’ whilst also acknowledging the progress that’s been made. The author’s diligent research and commitment to the narrative is obvious in every line which adds a deeper level of understanding. A lovely read. By: Zara (age 16). Rating: 4/5.

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From debut author, Joyce Efia Harmer, comes a groundbreaking YA story of friendship and freedom that crosses continents and centuries, in a timeslip novel exploring the legacy of slavery.

‘A powerful debut’ The Times

Sometime, me love to dream that me is a human, a proper one, like them white folks is.

Enslaved on a plantation in Barbados, Obah dreams of freedom. As talk of rebellion bubbles up around her in the Big House, she imagines escape. Meeting a strange boy who’s not quite of this world, she decides to put her trust in him. But Jacob is from the twenty-first century. Desperate to give Obah a better life, he takes her back with him. At first it seems like dreams really do come true – until the cracks begin to show and Obah sees that freedom comes at an unimaginable cost . . .

Both hopeful and devastating, this powerful novel about equality, how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to go introduces an extraordinary new literary voice.