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Trinity High : Back to School

Trinity High: Back to School presents a remarkable portrait of life among high school girls resident in a fictional boarding house. The setting is Ghana.  The holidays are over, and the atmosphere at the school ground is undeniably euphoric as students return to their dormitories. As the junior girls catch up on gossips and new slangs…

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Blood Ties

Blood Ties depicts South Africa’s Cape Town minus the varied neighborhoods and complexities that characterize large cities. But the novel provides the setting in which two high school girls try to carve out lives in the most disadvantaged sector. These friends, Pholisa and Lelethu, have diverse experiences and life styles that enliven the novel, while…

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Rebels by Accident

  Rebels by Accident offers a bird’s eye view of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. The bird is a 15-year-old American-Egyptian who is initially embarrassed, frustrated and often angered by all things Egyptian, especially her Egyptian-born parents.  Miriam’s first act of rebellion is to follow her best friend Deanna to a forbidden party that included beer,…

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The Lion Who Stole My Arm

Nice attempt to contextualize the conservation project in Africa around a young boy’s experience. I particularly like how the author gives Pedru agency — instead of feeling dejected [as he is initially] after losing an arm to a lion, he is inspired to join the team of researchers working to contain the lions to reduce…

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Cape Town

  Cape Town is the setting for this Afrikaner coming-of-age novel. Renee Pretorius has grown up on a farm in the dry expanses of the Karoo. Deeply immersed in the mores of Afrikanerdom, she accepts without question her family’s ideas about race, ethnicity and social class.  All English are suspect, Coloured people are racially inferior…

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My Name is Blessing

This book is based on a true story about a boy named Muthini. Muthini lives with his grandmother and eight cousins in one of the rural villages in eastern Kenya. Muthini has a physical disability, which makes both adults and children treat him differently (e.g. insults and teasing). As a result of poverty and old…