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OUT OF BOUNDS by Beverley Naidoo

OUT OF BOUNDS

Seven Stories of Conflict and Hope

By Beverley Naidoo

Age Range: 10 - 13

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-06-050799-3
Publisher: HarperCollins

Setting each of these seven stories in a different decade of the Apartheid or post-Apartheid eras, Naidoo (The Other Side of Truth, 2001, etc.) offers glimpses of Apartheid’s effects on body and spirit, as well as the underlying integrity—in both the oppressed majority and the oppressing minority—that has allowed South Africa to make its transition without the widely expected bloodbath. Her main characters are all children, white, Colored, Indian, or African. Between “The Dare: 1948,” in which Veronica loses her respect, and therefore fear, of a brutish Boer neighbor when she sees him caning a child, and “Out of Bounds: 2000,” about a refugee from floods in Mozambique and a white child from a walled community working on a task together, instances of subtle and overt racism test and change a cast constructed to represent South Africa’s future—a bright future, in this passionate, perceptive author’s view. (Short stories. 10-13)