Far from Home
By Na'ima B. Robert
(Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Paperback, 9781847800060, 352pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Will I ever see my home again? I do not know.
Will I ever see my father again? I do not know.
Will life ever be the same again? I do not know.
Katie and Tariro are worlds apart but their lives are linked by a terrible secret, gradually revealed in this compelling and dramatic story of two girls grappling with the complexities of adolescence, family and a painful colonial legacy.
14-year-old Tariro loves her ancestral home, the baobab tree she was born beneath, her loving family - and brave, handsome Nhamo. She couldn't be happier. But then the white settlers arrive, and everything changes - suddenly, violently, and tragically.
Thirty-five years later, 14-year-old Katie loves her doting father, her exclusive boarding school, and her farm with its baobab tree in rural Zimbabwe. Life is great. Until disaster strikes, and the family are forced to leave everything and escape to cold, rainy London.
Atmospheric, gripping and epic in scope, Far from Home brings the turbulent history of Zimbabwe to vivid, tangible life.
Na'ima B Robert is descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father's side and the Zulu people on her mother's side. She was brought up in Zimbabwe and went on to university in London. At school her loves included the performing arts, public speaking and writing stories that shocked her teachers! Her debut novel for teens, From Somalia with Love, was warmly received by reviewers, as was her picture book Ramadan Moon, with Shirin Adl. Her other title for Frances Lincoln is Boy vs. Girl. Robert has four children and divides her time between London and Cairo.
Praise for From Somalia with Love:
"Sensitive, sometimes painful . . . Warm, engaging, and intensely thought-provoking . . . It should be widely read."
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