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Out of Bounds: Stories of Conflict and Hope (Puffin Fiction) Paperback – 7 Jun 2001


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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; 1st edition (7 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141309695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141309699
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beverley Naidoo was born in South Africa and grew up under apartheid. After arrest and detention without trial, she came to England. She married another exile and was only able to return freely twenty-six years later, after Nelson Mandela's release from jail. Their two children were brought up in England where she still lives. She goes back to South Africa to stay in touch, especially with young people. A teacher for many years, she has a doctorate in education and a number of honorary degrees. Journey to Jo'burg was her first children's book. It was an eye-opener for readers worldwide, winning awards, but it was banned in South Africa until 1991

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Beverley Naidoo is from South Africa but has lived in England for many years. She has worked as a lecturer and an adviser in cultural diversity. She is perhaps best-known for the award-winning book, JOURNEY TO JO'BURG, which has been translated intomany languages. NO TURNING BACK was shortlisted for The Guardian Prize, and her most recent novel, THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH won the Silver Medal in the Smarties Book prize. Beverley now lives in Bournemouth.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar. 2002
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Beverly Naidoo vividly captures the lives of some South Africans under Apartheid. I grew up listening to stories about this time from my relatives, and when I read Beverly's book, it was like bringing them to life. The things that she describes happened to so many people, for example the man who has to get re-classified.
The events start with the introduction of the Apartheid regime in 1948, and continue with the following significant dates. The book is written with a brilliant account of what happened, incorporated into different children's lives.
Everyone should definately read this book, young and old - for its historical value, the way it brings everything to life and most of all because it is a brilliant book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kidsandgil@yahoo.com on 21 Aug. 2001
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Reviewed by Sarah Watson 15. Apartheid in South Africa, along and suffering time where thousands of South Africans struggle to gain justice against the white demoracy. Was it possible for this race war to come to a peaceful end for the fighting sides to exchange words instead of bullets? Apartheid inflicted unenecessary suffering on peole just because of their race. They were demeaned and humiliated ina manner i find hard to understand. Out of Bounds was a book complied of short stories, that slowly progress through time, from the early fifties too present day and describes the experiences of young people from a variety of differnt background, attempting to make sence of living in a country known for it's many years as an openly racist state. This book truly touched my heart and made me realise that even in this modern world South African Families are persecuted because of their colour. Aparthied may be over, victims of this vicious policy may have forgive their tormentors and opressors but racism still lives on and will continue. A truly wonderfully well written, unforgettable novel. Thank you Beverly!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BG123 on 22 April 2006
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This powerful and moving book is a collection of short stories, which are separate but, in a clever and appealing way, are all linked. The book is about the apartheid in South Africa, an unfair and unjust system by which the 'whites' were apparently superior to 'Coloureds' (half 'white', half 'Indian' or 'Black') who in turn were superior to 'Indians' and 'Blacks'.

The first short story is set in 1948 when the Nationalist party instigated the apartheid rule. It features a 'white' girl who strikes up a relationship with her black servant. This is not, at the time, seen as completely wrong as the nationalist idea had not become widespread throughout the country. The girl finds it odd, however, that her black servant is living in terrible conditions and that her nephew was killed by the nationalists. This story was just a starter for the atrocities and sadness that were to come later in the book.

The next story is set in 1955 where the unreasonable government separated groups of people into different townships, just because of the colour of their skin. The story follows a ten year old 'Coloured' boy who is forced away from his best friend because he is 'Indian'. This story also touches on the discriminatory law that was passed that stated that 'Black' and 'White' South Africans were forbidden to marry, to prevent the growth of the 'Coloured' population.

The third story is set in 1960 and is aptly named, 'One Day Lily, One Day Lily'. It follows a 'white' girl whose uncle is 'black'. She cannot understand why she cannot go to the park with him, but she can with her 'white' father. Her uncle replies that he will take her one day, when freedom comes to South Africa.
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