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Out of bounds : seven stories of conflict and hope

by Naidoo, Beverley.

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Fiction juv NAIDOO Beverley
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
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Dormont Public Library Juvenile Fiction J NAID
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J NAID
Wilkinsburg Public Library Juvenile Fiction J NAI REALISTIC FICTION
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction

We are the young people, We will not be broken!

For almost fifty years, apartheid forced the young people of South Africa to live apart as Blacks, Whites, Indians, and "Coloreds." This unique and dramatic collection of stories--by native South African and Carnegie Medalist Beverley Naidoo--is about young people's choices in a beautiful country made ugly by injustice. Each story is set in a different decade during the turbulent years from 1948 to 2000, and portrays powerful fictional characters who are caught up in very real and often disturbing events.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6^-10. Each of these short stories, set in a different decade in South Africa, from the 1950s onward, personalizes the political oppression and struggle from the viewpoint of a child. What was it like to be a "Coloured" (mixed-race) child under apartheid and be separated from your father when he was reclassified as black? To be a white boy shunned at school because your "Commie" parents have "native" friends? To hear your mother ordered around and called "girl" by her white employer? Or to be one of the first black students in an all-white school that doesn't want you? More docudrama than fiction, this book doesn't have the depth and complexity of Naidoo's The Other Side of Truth (2001), but Naidoo knows her country's history--the crude, ignorant racism, the suffering, the courage--and her diverse young viewpoints bring the politics of oppression and struggle into daily life. This will be an invaluable starting point for group discussion about contemporary South African history, especially when read with the introductory historical overview and the endnotes about each decade. Archbishop Tutu's moving foreword speaks of the incredible absence of revenge and retribution in the new South Africa, and many of these stories show that hope lies in personal connections. --Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Spanning 52 years of South African unrest, Naidoo's (Journey to Jo'burg; The Other Side of Truth) insightful and suspenseful stories offer multiple perspectives of apartheid. Each of the seven young protagonists featured here come to understand the meaning of oppression as they witness or experience the effects of gross injustice. Veronica, a white girl, escapes punishment for stealing a neighbor's flower, then watches how a Native child is severely beaten for a similar crime, in the first story, set in 1948. In "The Noose," a 10-year-old boy in 1955 watches how segregation grips his family "fully by the throat" when his father, a man of mixed race, is mistakenly classified as "black," and the potential this has for impacting all areas of his life: his work, his neighborhood and the family. Although all selections focus on struggle, not all end in defeat. The winds of change become increasingly strong as the stories progress. One of the most poignant, uplifting moments comes in the final story (the titular tale, set in the year 2000) when, during the aftermath of a flood, two boys of different races risk crossing their social boundaries to aid a woman giving birth. In less than 200 pages, Naidoo manages to chronicle pivotal events in an ongoing battle for freedom in South Africa and to encapsulate the enduring hope and unfailing spirit of its people. Ages 10-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Apartheid -- Juvenile fiction.
Children's stories, South African (English)
Apartheid -- Fiction.
Race relations -- South Africa -- Fiction.
Short stories.
South Africa -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins,2003
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Notes Harper Trophy edition includes a Q&A with Beverly Naidoo, an excerpt from the author's new book, and more.
Description 175 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780060508012 (Harper Trophy paperback)
0060508000 (lib. bdg.)
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