This gripping love story for teen readers is set in South Africa in 1976. Written from the points of view of four young people living in Johannesburg and its black township, this book explores the roots of the Soweto Uprising and the edifice of Apartheid in a South Africa about to explode.
A young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak Cree and spend so much time with her family? As she asks questions, her grandmother shares her experiences in a residential school, when these things were taken away.
When a boy wears his new moccasins to a city school, his classmates want to know all about them. Readers will learn who Kookum is, where leather comes from, and how leather is traditionally prepared for moccasins.
Share this book with beginning readers to practise the important pre-reading concepts of rhythm and repetition.
Boys are often given an education and choices that girls are not, their needs put above those of girls. But boys are also given special burdens by being expected to "be a man", to work, and to fight. Amazing photographs and simple text convey that boys want the girls and women in their lives to have the same freedoms that they have been granted.