What’s the hook?
This award-winning title provides a moving insight into life and conditions for a
black family in apartheid South Africa. This edition contains a revised
introduction by author Beverly Naidoo, which provides an insight into her own
experiences and the inspiration for the novel. A sequence of photographs from
the period is also included, to help pupils understand the harsh realities faced by
Naledi and Tiro.
What are the themes?
Individual vs. society, families, and different cultures.
Ideal for thought-provoking multicultural work. Provides numerous opportunities
for exploring narrative devices, characterization, and the wider historical context
of the novel. New versions of the author’s essay and introduction provide an
ideal opportunity for developing pupils’ cultural and critical understanding.