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Out of Bounds

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Out of Bounds

Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope

By Beverley Naidoo

HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060507992, 192pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2003


We are the young people,
We will not be broken
We demand freedom
And say
"Away with slavery
In our land of Africa "

For almost fifty years apartheid forced the young people of South Africa to live apart as Blacks, Whites, Indians, and "Coloreds." This unique and dramatic collection of stories -- by native South African and Carnegie Medalist Beverley Naidoo -- is about young people's choices in a beautiful country made ugly by injustice.

Each story is set in a different decade during the last half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, and features fictional characters caught up in very real events. Included is a Timeline Across Apartheid, which recounts some of the restrictive laws passed during this era, the events leading up to South Africa's first free democratic elections, and the establishment of a new "rainbow government" that leads the country today.

A Junior Library Guild Selection