John Powell - Books on Ghana

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Books for Children and Teenagers

In a world infested by monsters intent on harassing the citizenry and scaring the livestock, you need an efficient Patron Saint and Minister for the Environment.

'This sharp and witty satirical comedy, filled with comic characters and disgruntled dignitaries and set in a time-we-have-all-forgot will appeal to young people and adults alike.'


This book is dedicated to my three sons, Robin, Adrian and Steven, for whom the stories were originally written in Ghana in the early 1970s.

George, Patron Saint and Minister for the Environment

George, a vertically challenged and impoverished knight in rusty armour, would appear a poor choice were it not for the fact that, during his travels in the Austrian Tyrol, he discovered a cake with the miraculous power to tame monsters. Suddenly, and for the first time in his life, George is in demand.

Elevated to ministerial position by King Freddie  and Prime Minister Merlin, George becomes famous, while remaining (sadly) impoverished, and wittingly or otherwise has a hand in improving international relations with France, creating the first trade union, repelling a Scottish invasion and defining the number of players in a cricket team.

George and Ghana
Read the story of George and the Arbitrary Woggalog when George, Jack and Merlin sailed to Ghana in search of a solution to the baby monster's problem.

Note for Parents
These stories were written for my three sons when they left for boarding school in the 1970s. They were intended to be interesting, humorous and thought provoking. They were also expected to aid education, with no writing-down or attempt to limit vocabulary: on the contrary, the aim was to encourage the young reader to explore new words and new ideas. Needless to say, there is no sexual material and the only violence is of the cartoon variety. Boys, and some girls, have enjoyed these stories, and parents have endorsed them. It is hoped that many more parents will regard this small book as suitable, interesting and amusing reading for their children and even enjoy reading them themselves.

'The grandchildren loved this adventure into the magical world of monsters.'
Wendy Jamieson-Price, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, UK.

What a great little book. It reads very fast and I believe was designed to be read aloud to children and by children. Just wonderful adventure stories. I think both girls and boys would enjoy it.’

Sharon Burton, Kentucky, USA

I waited to post this review as I gave the book to my thirteen year old niece and wanted to see what she thought, Well she loved it as much as I did! So funny and gripping, as an adult I enjoyed the sneaky humour, Holly just giggled her way through the whole book!
The monsters are all called funny weird names and all enjoy the special cake that is dished out willy-nilly by George. This book also has elements of education in it that I appreciated, Holly didn't notice but she understood it so I think that was very well done by the author. All in all I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of ten. Holly and I can't wait for the next instalment.
Tina Powell, Coventry, UK

Top: King Duncan of Scotland prepares to invade England

Bottom: Merlin the Whirlin calls on George to ask him to join his union.

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