The Door of No Return by Sarah Mussi

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Zac lives with his grandfather, Pops. When Pops is killed by muggers, Zac is devastated. Dumped with foster parents, then in an orphanage, Zac stumbles from trouble to trouble, but the one thing he hangs on to is Pops' obsession with their family history and his ambition to go to Ghana in search of a ransom paid by a descendant 200 years earlier, to keep his son from slavery - a ransom stolen by British government agents at the time, which then disappeared. At least, Zac thinks, he can keep faith with Pops by continuing his quest. So Zac wangles his own way to Ghana. Alone and far from home, he discovers that Pops' death and everything since is part of a wider plan by some shadowy others, also connected to the lost ransom. In a web of intrigue, deception, betrayal, skulduggery and murder that reaches out of the past to entrap everyone in the present, Zac's quest culminates in a perilous voyage to the Door of No Return in the walls of the ancient slave fort - through which the slaves were once herded to the boats that would take them across the ocean, on a journey many of them would never survive.

About Sarah Mussi

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Sarah Mussi is an English woman who lived in Ghana for many years. Married to a Ghanaian, she currently lives in England and works as a school teacher.
Published April 19, 2007 by Hodder Children's Books. 448 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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According to his grandfather’s stories, 16-year-old Zac Baxter is the last descendant of King Baktu of the Gold Coast, now Ghana.

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Zac Baxter had always thought his grandfather's stories about his family being descendents of African kings and owners of lost gold as pure fairy tales, but when someone murders his grandfather and ransacks their home, he realizes there may be more truth in his grandfather's story than he realized.

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