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The soccer fence : a story of friendship, hope and apartheid in South Africa

by Bildner, Phil,

Format: Print Book 2014
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 5 copies
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Picture Books j FICTION Bildner
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In a country struggling with acceptance, hope can come in many different forms.

As a boy, Hector loved playing soccer in his small Johannesburg township. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible. Then, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and apartheid began to crumble. The march toward freedom in South Africa was a slow one, but when the beloved Bafana Bafana national soccer team won the African Cup of Nations, Hector realized that dreams once impossible could now come true.

This poignant story of friendship artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa's history and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hector tells of apartheid's gradual breakdown, which happened while he was growing up in South Africa. As a young black boy, he watches white boys playing soccer, but they ignore his request to join their game. Years pass and changes come. After the first open election, Nelson Mandela becomes president. Later, South Africa hosts a soccer tournament and wins with an integrated team. And, at long last, a white boy invites Hector to play soccer with him. Bildner overcomes some of the problems inherent in a picture book with a time frame extending over several years. Roughly four years old in the opening scenes, Hector is in his early teens at the end, but the illustrations convincingly portray the boys as they grow up, while the narrative thread connecting the story's events is strong. Combining pencil drawings and acrylics, the illustrations are colorful and expressive. An appended apartheid timeline, aimed at a much older audience, briefly discusses significant events. This unusual picture bookshows social change as it affects one boy.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This gentle yet penetrating story underscores the power of sports to unite, while providing an overview of the seismic changes the 1990s brought to South Africa. Bildner (The Unforgettable Season) uses soccer as a metaphor for apartheid; the narrator is a black boy who kicks around an "egg-shaped" ball with his sister and friends in his ramshackle Johannesburg township. During trips to a wealthier neighborhood, the boy sees a white boy playing soccer with his friends in a lush park; though he is eager to join the game, the other players ignore him. Bildner moves quickly through recent South African history, touching on Nelson Mandela's release from prison, the end of apartheid, Mandela's election as president, and the country's 1996 victory in the African Cup of Nations, which brings the two boys together. Watson (Hope for Haiti) sets the scenes with gestural pencil drawings, while painting the main characters and the soccer action in rich, vivid acrylics. Concise historical notes follow the story, giving readers helpful context. Ages 6-8. Author's agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Rubin Pfeffer, East West Literary Agency. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Apartheid -- Juvenile fiction.
Race relations -- Juvenile fiction.
Blacks -- South Africa -- Juvenile fiction.
Soccer -- Fiction.
Apartheid -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Blacks -- South Africa -- Fiction.
Johannesburg (South Africa) -- History -- 20th century -- Juvenile fiction.
South Africa -- History -- 1961-1994 -- Juvenile fiction.
South Africa -- History -- 1994- -- Juvenile fiction.
Johannesburg (South Africa) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
South Africa -- History -- 1961-1994 -- Fiction.
South Africa -- History -- 1994- -- Fiction.
Soccer stories.
Publisher New York, NY :2014
Contributors Watson, Jesse Joshua, illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780399247903
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