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Erskine, D. K. (Kathryn)
PublishAmerica, 2004
ISBN 141370364X
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Spring, 1968.  A time of turmoil in the United States and throughout the world.  John Pedersen, son of a tyrannical American diplomat, is stuck in apartheid South Africa.  In secret defiance of apartheid and his father's orders, John strikes up a forbidden friendship with the family's black servant, Solomon.  Through Solomon, John learns the language and plight of the Zulu people.  He sees how apartheid destroys a society and how his own father's racism and fanaticism are destroying the family.  He realizes the behavior is based on fear and that, as Solomon says, "the fear is killing us all."  But will John face his own fear and stand up to his father?  Can he protect his younger brother and sister and - literally - stand in the line of fire to save Solomon?  Is he brave enough to deserve the nickname Ibhubesi, Lion, and choose his own path . . . freedom?  See Amazon for reviews. (Kathy Erskine, teacher)
SUBJECTS:     South Africa -- Fiction.

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