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    Distributor: Publishers Group Canada Supplies to: CA Availability: Available Expected Ship Date: Aug 21, 2019 On Sale Date: Jun 15, 2018 Carton Quantity: 30 $16.50 CAD
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The Hidden Star
By (author): K. Sello Duiker
9781911115434 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Age (years) from 10 - 13 JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Jun 15, 2018
$16.50 CAD
Active 5 x 7.75 x 0.73 in 210 pages Cassava Republic Press
Nolitye lives in a shack with her mother Thembi in Phola, a dusty township on the edge of Johannesburg. She is good at maths and likes collecting stones, which she places in a bucket under her bed. She also has unusual powers: she can communicate with dogs. Nolitye has two close friends, Bheki, who is overweight, and the bespectacled Four Eyes, who join with her to resist the bullying from Rotten Nellie and her gang of Spoilers. One day, Nolitye finds a special stone that has the powerto make people feel happy and laugh. Her mission from now on is to gather together the other pieces of the stone and reunite them, to stop darkness from taking control of her world.

By the time of his untimely death, K. Sello Duiker had published various short stories and two novels. Thirteen Cents was awarded the Commonwealth Prize for a first novel, while The Quiet Violence of Dreams won the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English Literature.

"With evocatively descriptive prose and a trio of strong protagonists along with a secondary cast of unique personalities (such as Rotten Nellie, the class bully, or MaMtonga, the terrifying witch next door), Duiker beautifully captures a corner of South Africa (the main characters are black). With strong elements of magical realism, the novel is both charming and whimsical with several heart-thumping moments that make it difficult to put down. At its core, this posthumously published South African import is a heartwarming story about friendship and persistence." Kirkus - Starred Review, 18 March 2018

"The novel's lighthearted tone, occasionally interrupted by terrifying creatures, makes for a pleasurable fantasy story with a strong nod to mythology. Readers will warm to Nolitye and her relatable run-ins with the school bully and will delight at the quirky details of Duiker's magic in an otherwise realistic setting. VERDICT A satisfying fantasy story in a place not often represented in the genre. Recommended for most middle grade collections where fantasy is popular."

"In this enjoyable middle-grade novel, Duiker successfully manages to blend traditional South African folklore with township life, which gives the whole book a modern flair...And while magic has suffused every element of the story, from the plot to the setting, where Duiker shines most is when he highlights the magic of friendship and found family. A wonderful tale for any fan of fantasy adventures."

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