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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Nolitye lives in a shack with her mother Thembi in Phola, a dusty township on the edge of Johannesburg. She is good at maths and likes collecting stones, which she places in a bucket under her bed. She also has unusual powers: she can communicate with dogs. Nolitye has two close friends, Bheki, who is overweight, and the bespectacled Four Eyes, who join with her to resist ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Cassava Republic Press (first published 2006)
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Jade
This book reads like a magical fairytale full of South African mythical figures and magical realism. Talking animals, women who are transformed into evil wicked witches, bullies who surprise you in a good way, and children who set out on an adventure to save the world from darkness.

Nolitye lives in the Phola area of Johannesburg in a small shanty with her mother. She is smart, strong-willed and intent on taking on the challenge that is set in front of her when she finds a very special stone.

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Karen Lewis
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Journey deep into South Africa, where heroine Nolitye navigates life in a township of "squeezed-in shacks, dusty streets, shebeens and other small corner stores, and stray dogs." Nolitye, her friends Four Eyes and Bheki, and school bully Rotten Nellie are about 11-12 years old. The novel mixes elements of real life (school bullying, friendship, absent parents, disappearing children, rock collection) with magical realism (talking dogs and wildlife, evil witches, journey to a fantasy world, magica ...more
Lisa Wright
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nolitye lives in Phola, a township in South Africa. It is full of tin-roofed shacks, talking dogs, and stones. And now, Nolitye has found a stone with a spirit who tasks her with a quest. Her best friend, Bheki, and her new friend, Four-Eyes, help her find the missing pieces and undo the black magic of the witches. A magical story rich with the flavor of South Africa.
Karis Swank
I couldn’t put it down at the beginning but then something happened and I didn’t really want to finish it! The characters were developed beautifully though, I could really tell their personalities and visualize them!
Joe
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
not bad a little juvenile but that was probably the intended audience.
Tara
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
South Africa. Magical. Rich- “And home is never far away when you believe in it.”
Nicci Legoka
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magical 👌🏾
Rachel
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great mythical story kept me gripped aimed for young readers but still good for adults. K. Sello Duiker was a great writer
Prince M
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a journey!
Sue
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in South Africa, a magical tale of Nolitye’s journey to find out how her father died. Nolitye likes to collect stones and one day fines a lonely aqua-purplish stone, that speaks to her and thus begins her magical journey.
ARC from Net Galley.
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Kabelo 'Sello' Duiker's debut novel, Thirteen Cents won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region.

He suffered a nervous breakdown in 2004, prior to committing suicide by hanging himself in January 2005.