The Middle of Somewhere: A Story of South Africa

Sheila Gordon, Author Orchard Books (NY) $15.95 (154p) ISBN 978-0-531-05908-1
As emotionally intense and enlightening as Gordon's Waiting for the Rain , this contemporary novel, set in South Africa, reveals how that government's policies affect a black child, her family and their friends. When plans are made to raze Rebecca's village in order to build a new suburb for whites, officials try to force residents to move to a dismal settlement many miles away. Although her father and brother refuse to be intimidated, Rebecca is terrified that white men will bulldoze her house. Her fears increase when friends begin to disappear in the night and her own father is arrested after making a public speech. Gordon offers a graphic portrayal of life in a troubled nation as she depicts Rebecca's experiences at home and in the white community, where her mother works as a maid. Rebecca is initiated into a world filled with prejudice, but before she grows as embittered as her older brother, she witnesses some signs of positive change. After the villagers' plight receives worldwide attention, Rebecca's father is released from prison, and one battle for justice is won. Ages 9-11. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
Hardcover - 160 pages - 978-0-531-08508-0
Paperback - 978-0-553-15991-2
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