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Author: Janice Warman Narrator: Debi Hawkins Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781520070223
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At the height of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, a boy must face life decisions that test what he believes and call for no turning back.

South Africa, 1976. Joshua lives with his mother in the maid s room, in the backyard of their wealthy white employers house in the city by the sea. He doesn’t quite understand the events going on around him. But when he rescues a stranger and riots begin to sweep the country, Joshua has to face the world beneath the world deep inside him to make heartbreaking choices that will change his life forever.

Genuine and quietly unflinching, this beautifully nuanced novel from a veteran journalist captures a child’s-eye view of the struggle that shaped a nation and riveted the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Debi Hawkins grew up in Africa and still lives there, so it’s not surprising that she’s so fluent in portraying both the Xhosa-speaking young Joshua and his mother, as well as the Afrikaans language of white South Africans. She brings realism and character distinction to this story of a boy who learns to fight South Africa’s apartheid system in 1976. Speaking in the present tense, Hawkins captures the haughty orders given by Afrikaner Mrs. Malherbes; the joviality of Joshua, which dims as he ages; the clicking warning used by Joshua’s mother in times of danger; and the urgent whispers of black revolutionaries and their white coconspirators. Warman’s novel shows the complex relationships that existed between whites and blacks as they struggled for and against apartheid. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “A humane and thoughtful exploration of a young Xhosa boy’s political awakening…Spanning two turbulent years, this novel for readers eleven and older movingly depicts moments of moral courage in a society on the edge of violent upheaval.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Through the eyes of an innocent boy trying to fathom the injustice and brutality of apartheid, as well as his own potentially violent role in the struggle, Warman presents a gripping personal portrait of a horrific chapter in South Africa’s history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A good complement to nonfiction about apartheid South Africa, a little-explored place and period in children’s literature.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

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About the Author

Janice Warman is a South African–born journalist whose career spans the Observer, the Guardian, the Spectator, the Daily Mail, and the BBC. She has published several nonfiction books for adults as well as fiction novels for young adults.

About the Narrator

Debi Hawkins is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.