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When Morning Comes

by Arushi Raina

Published by Tradewind books, 2017
221 pages
ISBN: 978-1-926890-14-2

Age 14 and older

A powerful novel set in Johannesburg in 1976 offers four different points of view on the same historical events. Central to the story are Zanele, a Black South African teenage girl who is active in the liberation movement, and Meena, an East Indian girl who is just becoming radicalized and wants to be part of the liberation movement. Their lives intertwine with each otherís and with those of Thebo, a Black South African teenage boy who is a gang member and not politically active, and of Jack, a privileged white boy who falls in love with Zanele. Jack would do anything he could to help her succeed, even though she doesnít particularly want or need his help. Zanele is a charismatic character, and all three of the others are drawn to her. Each teen is interesting and credible as readers see the same events from four very different perspectives. The point of view changes frequently, and keeps the pace moving along quickly, building to a resolution that will have readers on the edge of their seats.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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