A collection of short stories - four previously published and three new - linked by the theme of young people experiencing personal dilemmas. All are set in South Africa, first under apartheid and then after the first democratic elections. They cover the period from 1950 to 2000 and reflect the lives of a range of young people, black and white, living in what was for many years seen as the world's most openly racist society.
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(198mm x 129mm x 9mm)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Setting each of these seven stories in a different decade of the Apartheid or post-Apartheid eras, Naidoo (The Other Side of Truth, 2001, etc.) offers glimpses of Apartheid's effects on body and spirit, as well as the underlying integrity-in both the oppressed majority and the oppressing minority-that has allowed South Africa to make its transition without the widely expected bloodbath. Her main characters are all children, white, Colored, Indian, or African. Between "The Dare: 1948," in which Veronica loses her respect, and therefore fear, of a brutish Boer neighbor when she sees him caning a child, and "Out of Bounds: 2000," about a refugee from floods in Mozambique and a white child from a walled community working on a task together, instances of subtle and overt racism test and change a cast constructed to represent South Africa's future-a bright future, in this passionate, perceptive author's view. (Short stories. 10-13) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Beverley Naidoo
South African author Beverley Naidoo was exiled from her home country when she was a student in 1965, for campaigning against apartheid. Her first children's novel, JOURNEY TO JO'BURG, was banned in South Africa when it was published in 1985 and only available there after the release of Nelson Mandela from jail in 1991. It was however published in many other countries around the world and widely praised for its eloquent, moving and accessible story. Her later novel, THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH, won the Carnegie Medal in 2000 and she has written many other acclaimed books for children. Beverley lives in the UK.