White Ravens: Swaziland

3 books      

Special Mention - Swaziland (English) - 1996 - 29
Leggat, Gillian (text)
Heerden, Marjorie van (illus.)
The Car with Three Wheels
Manzini: Macmillan Boleswa Puublishers, 1995. [24] p.
ISBN 0-333-56004-3
Brother - Birthday present - Homemade toy
Musa wants to give his little brother a special birthday present, but he has no money. With considerable ingenuity - and some forbidden scavenging - he find enough scraps to make a red racing car. Not only does his brother find it the »best present in the world«, they both continue to collect odds-and-ends for future presents. Though this story is set in Africa, where pocket money may be scarcer than elsewhere, the idea that hand-made things are as valuable as store-bought ones, and a gift of the heart the dearest of all, is universal. The color or black-and-white full-page illustrations attractively capture the main events of this simple everyday story. (6+) ☆ ☼

Swaziland (English) - 1998 - 24
Whitton, David
Neptune's children
Manzini: Macmillan Boleswa, 1997. 122 p.
ISBN 0-7978-0829-9
Sailing - Adventure - Friendship - Family problems
When fourteen young adults from all around South Africa are chosen for a crew of a training ship sailing ship from Durban to Mauritius, they experience more than they had anticipated. Each must master an extensive range of nautical skills, and also learn to work as a team. Whitton focusses upon a number of individuals with different family backgrounds in this multicultural troupe, making the basic plot of an adventure story with modernday problems and dreams come to life. (12+) ☆

Swaziland (English) - 1999 - 24
Johnson, A.K.
We have our dreams
Manzini: Macmillan Boleswa, 1997. 111 p.
ISBN 0-7978-0828-0
South Africa - Immigration - Big City - Friendship - Foreigner - Disappointment
This is an absorbing, tragic novel about the adventure- filled struggles of two young men from the Congo and Mozambique who have come to Johannesburg in the hopes of finding success and fortune. But instead they find themselves facing the underside of life in a big modern-day city, while trying to hold on to their dreams. Despite the appearance of African names and terms, this fast-paced story is highly readable due to the universality of the relationships between the major characters. And it gives insight into the alternatives available to people in a society beset with change and corruption. (14+)