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Now Is the Time for Running by Michael  Williams
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Nov 05, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: africa
Read from November 02 to 05, 2011

This book follows a teenage boy, Deo, and his older brother, Innocent who has some sort neurological disorder. Deo lives in a village in Zimbabwe which votes the wrong way. This prompts a visit from the President's militia, which carries out a massacre. Deo and his brother flee after his mother and grandfather are killed, but without any real idea of where they will head. The author follows the brothers as they make their way to the border with South Africa and then cross into the country. Without giving away the ending, the author does an excellent job of shedding light on some of the troubles facing southern Africa. He does so in a way which should get the average teen reader to think, at least a bit, about problems in another part of the world. In spite of the many tragedies the story is hopeful enough the average teen shouldn't find the story too depressing. Boys who enjoy soccer may find the story to be even more interesting since the game plays an important role in the story.

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