By Carolyn Marsden, Philip Matzigkeit

Set in the volatile Rhodesia of the 1960s, this dramatic story, narrated from alternating viewpoints, tells of an interracial friendship tested.

Like his best friend, Blessing — a Shona boy whose father is his church’s pastor — twelve-year-old Evan, a white American, lives on a Methodist mission in what is now Zimbabwe. Blessing attends the mission school for black Africans, while Evan goes to a whites-only boys’ school in town. As Martin Luther King Jr. marches a world away, local headlines announce the murder of a white farmer by African independence fighters. Evan’s school friends immediately side with the whites, the headmaster turns them into cadets in training, and soon incendiary handbills are circulating. As tensions mount both on and off the mission, Evan is forced to choose. But how can he know how farreaching his choice will be?

  • Intense and lyrical novel, with message about race

About the author

Carolyn Marsden is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers. While her parents were missionaries in Mexico, her cousin (and co-author) Philip’s were missionaries in Rhodesia. She lives in California. Philip Matzigkeit grew up in rural Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). He lives in California and is an instructor at San Diego State University.

ISBN: 9780763635756
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: July 1, 2009
Dimensions: 133 x 196mm, 208pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $31.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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