'No Boy Like Amanda' goes to Friendship Primary-In 2010 Friendship Primary School, first time entrants to the Junior Schools’ Challenge Quiz lost their first match and were knocked out of the competition in the first round. Four years later, the Spanish Town-based school opened the season by beating four-time champion Windward Road Primary, eventually advancing to the Quarter finals. This achievement caught the attention of Jamaican children’s author Hope Barnett, who grew up in a rural area in St. Ann, donated 10 copies of her novel, No Boy Like Amanda to the school’s library recently.
Set in a rural district in Jamaica, No Boy Like Amanda tells the hilarious story of a young girl’s adventurous summer holiday as she determines to participate in every activity with her four brothers. But as she flies kites, rides a bicycle, swims, goes fishing, crab hunting and plays marbles, she soon learns - after many scratches, tears and laughter - everyone has his/her own strengths. No Boy Like Amanda is endorsed by the Ministry of Education as a suitable supplementary text for primary level students, starting at grade 3, to “address themes such as identity, courage, perseverance and ambition”. It is currently being used as a supplementary text in some schools across Jamaica, along with a Teachers' Study Guide.