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An African Friendship

By Carolyn Marsden; Phillip Matzigkeit

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763635756, 189pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2009

Set in the volatile Rhodesia of the 1960s, this dramatic story, narrated from alternating viewpoints, tells of an interracial friendship tested.
Like his best friend, Blessing a Shona boy whose father is his church's pastor twelve-year-old Evan, a white American, lives on a Methodist mission in what is now Zimbabwe. Blessing attends the mission school for black Africans, while Evan goes to a whites-only boys school in town. As Martin Luther King Jr. marches a world away, local headlines announce the murder of a white farmer by African independence fighters. Evan's school friends immediately side with the whites, the headmaster turns them into cadets in training, and soon incendiary handbills are circulating. As tensions mount both on and off the mission, Evan is forced to choose. But how can he know how farreaching his choice will be?

About the Author
Carolyn Marsden is the author of numerous books for younger readers. She has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College.