12 year old Awa goes to 7th grade and lives with her 6 siblings. Her father works on the fields, her mother sells fish on the market. They live in a dirty, crowded courtyard on the bank of the river Niger. Neither of her parents went to school. Awa’s favourite subjects are Literature, History and Geography. She has a lot of chores at home, of which washing the dishes is her main task. They only eat once a day. Awa starts her homework after 8 o’clock in the evening having finished her chores. Nevertheless she is a good student and belongs to the top third of the class. She likes reading in her free time. She would love to have French and English books.