King Peggy

An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed An African Village

Bartels, Peggielene

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
King Peggy
"King Peggy" is the charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0385534329
Branch Call Number: B-B2837k 2011
Characteristics: 333 p., [8] p. of plates :,map, plates ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Herman, Eleanor 1960-


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Mar 27, 2015
  • bibliotechnocrat rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Peggy, a secretary at the Ghanaian embassy in Washington DC, gets a wildly unexpected phone call - she has been elected king of Otuam, a village of 7,000 souls. She comes to realize, however, that the elders who elected her, did so because they thought they could control a woman whose home base was across the ocean. Wrong. They soon discover that their days of corruption are numbered. The tone of this extraordinary story is amusing and gentle - think The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency - so it's easy to forgive the somewhat clunky writing.

Jan 28, 2014

Who says fairytales don’t come true? I can’t imagine being a secretary one day and a king the next. What a wonderful story of determination, strength, and sheer female willpower. I wish King Peggy would write a sequel (or at least a blog), telling how far she’s come in her journey and what further adventures she’s been having. Although she does appear to have a Facebook page…

Mar 17, 2013
  • Raynpetal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Peggy who has lived in D.C. for most of her life finds herself being crowned King of a small village in Ghana Africa. She must deal with elders of her council and their traditional ways in addition to allegations of theft and bribery.
I find myself identifying a couple underlying themes here including female leaders who must deal with many things while they lead in nontraditional roles.

Dec 04, 2012
  • hmcgivney rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An interesting story about a woman who was thrust into power because corrupt elders thought they could trod all over her (a woman who lived far away). But this woman is strong and has a great moral compass and sense of justice. King Peggy is a nice, moving story about how people can make a difference.

Dec 03, 2012
  • Booktraveler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a fun read! This book is based on the true life story of a secretary working in the Ghana embassy in Washington DC who gets the unbelievable call that her uncle has died and she has been selected to become the new king of a small village in Ghana. This feisty lady goes on to accept the challenge and does everything in her power to improve conditions in her village. The colorful culture, customs and characters in this story really came to life in the book. Additional information about King Peggy and her efforts in Otuam can be found on a website referenced in the book or King Peggy’s facebook page.

Nov 29, 2012
  • Eleusis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This story shows how we can make a difference, if we are courageous enough to face the unexpected challenges that life puts in front of us. In the mean time, we learn about Ghanaian traditions and a way of life that only few know.

Aug 26, 2012
  • ganymede__ rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not sure quite where this fell short -- the story has an interesting premise, and the book did follow her back and forth from Washington DC to Ghana, eventually showing how the village transformed in the end.

I think it's that you don't really get to understand Peggy as much as you'd like in the book. You get to know the other folks in the village far better than herself.

Either way, it was and still is an interesting premise. It is good to hear that she is still helping her village.

Mar 25, 2012
  • sasie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a true story of a woman named Peggy who gets an unexpected phone call to inform her that she has been elected King of her ancestral village in Ghana. This is a great uplifting story of what she accomplished when she rose to the challenge. I really liked this.


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