Ugo’s Fantastic African Voyage
About the Book
Ugo doesn’t think of himself as that different. He’s just like a bunch of other kids at school—except for his name. “Ugo” is a Nigerian name, and due to its uniqueness, he is bullied and made to feel isolated and alone. No one seems to understand what he’s going through. One day at the market, he sits and just wishes someone would understand and make him feel better. Then, out of nowhere, he hears a voice. The unfamiliar boy on the bench looks and speaks like no one Ugo has ever met, but he says his father owns a store called African Magic. Strangely, the boy gives Ugo a little pebble, and that pebble takes Ugo on a wild journey all the way to Africa. There he gets the chance to learn about his heritage and his name. Ugo’s Fantastic African Voyage is one boy’s journey of self-discovery as he uncovers his ability to overcome the pain of bullying while learning about the majestic land of Africa. Truth is, everyone can be bullied: children, adolescents, and even adults. Anyone can feel like an outcast. Yet the important thing to remember is that it’s our unique qualities that make us special. All we need is the courage to accept ourselves and others, differences and all.
About the Author
Chris Woodard has always been passionate about writing. Like many others, he experienced bullying at a young age. He hopes to teach kids about inner strength and show them they’re not alone. Although he grew up in a small town, he now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he runs a successful business.