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Adam and his family are desparately poor. They live in the black township of Soweto, in a time of political upheaval. Despite continued threats, Adam carries on with the only work he can find - selling newspapers to passing motorists in the city of Johannesburg.

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ISBN 9780174324713
Published 15 January 1996 by Oxford University Press
Format Hardback, New edition
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Author(s) By Maartens, Maretha
Series M Books
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ISBN-13 9780174324713
ISBN-10 0174324715
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Nelson Thornes Ltd
Publication Date 15 January 1996
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Maartens, Maretha
Series M Books
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
English Language Readers
English Literature: Fiction Texts
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Height: 200mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Literature, Arts & Humanities
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Dewey Code 428.6
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Adam and his family are desparately poor. They live in the black township of Soweto, in a time of political upheaval. Despite continued threats, Adam carries on with the only work he can find - selling newspapers to passing motorists in the city of Johannesburg.

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US Review Not villains but victims people this novel, originally published in Afrikaans and here in a second English translation. After his father's death in a farm accident, young Adam and of his family have been forced to move into a friend's already-crowded shack in Phameng. Their only source of income is Adam's job of selling newspapers; word has come that the houses of those caught leaving the townships to work in the city will be burned. Food runs low; Adam's mother gives birth to twins. Twins! How can they be clothed and fed? Desperate, Adam resolves to brave the terrorist threat for a weekend. Feverish after a night spent in the open, he receives some unexpected help selling his papers, then runs the gauntlet again to get home. Maartens takes readers into a world of grinding poverty charged with fear and anger, yet her touch is light. Violence stays offstage while Adam's heroism, the kindness of his two (white) fellow workers, and his affection for his family shine through, lit by a weak flicker of hope: Not everybody wants to burn and kill There are lots of good people. Lots. (Kirkus Reviews)

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