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Waiting for the Rain by Sheila Gordon
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Jul 27, 2011

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bookshelves: south-african-africa

My son's 7th Grade recommended reading list contained this book so I decided to see what he would be learning. It's a complex subject - apartheid era South Africa - but I thought the book presented it well, in a style that a 12-year old could understand. For myself it was both comfortably familiar (the landscape descriptions) and horribly reminiscent (the language used) of much of my youth in South Africa. Frikkie is a young white Afrikaner, his childhood friend Tengo, the black child of a farm servant. Best friends in childhood, they soon find themselves on opposite sides of the apartheid struggle. Well written and thought provoking, especially for youth first learning about this tragic part of South African history.

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