Catch up on your reading this long weekend…
‘We went to school that Tuesday like normal. Not all of us came home …’ In Rhiannon Navin’s Only Child, six-year-old Zach is one of the children at school the day a gunman enters the building and kills 19 people. While everyone in the close-knit community deals with this tragedy differently, Zach retreats into his secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and drawings. But ultimately, he shows the adults in his life the way forward. Heart-achingly moving, it’s the all-too-real drama of school shootings and families who have to live through the devastation. Mantle, R285 (Get It Book Club Price R228) *To take advantage of the Get It Book Club prices, simply visit knowledgeroad.co.za, join our club (it’s free) and order away.
‘There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first is she’s my best friend. The second is she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third thing … might take a little bit more explaining.’ Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon is the story of 84-year-old Florence who lives at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly … it’s about secrets and friends and growing old and will, quite possibly, break your heart. The Borough Press, R297
And for the kids…
Rosie’s Travelling Takkies is the most magical book imaginable … one in which Rosie receives a pair of enchanted travelling takkies for her birthday … takkies that give her the power to travel anywhere. So she’s off to Cape Town to see Table Mountain, then over George, Knysna and Plett to see the magnificent Wild Coast. In Durban she surfs and eats bunny chow before heading up to Kruger National Park to see the big five. Beautifully illustrated by Julie Donald, this book written by local author Melanie Rosettenstein is a wonderful way to introduce our country to youngsters. This book costs around R104.
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