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The Year the Gypsies Came
     

The Year the Gypsies Came

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by Linzi Glass
 

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Set in apartheid South Africa, this powerful and lyrically written novel is Linzi Glass's debut.

As twelve-year-old Emily Iris explains it, her mother and father have always been eager to take in travelers and vagabonds, relying on the presence of outsiders to ease the tension between them. Emily has her gentle older sister, Sarah, and Buza, the old

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The Year the Gypsies Came 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. It is about a girl named Emily she is twelve. Live in africa. One day her dad invites a family of gypsies to stay. These include wildlife photographer Jock, wife Peg and sons Otis and Streak. Otis, the large mentally challenged one and Streak who wants to finally put down roots. Streak and Emily develop a fast friendship. And Otis attaches himself to her older sister Sarah. They all get on well. One day Emily learn that Jock hits his sons the eldest in particular. She begin to see that this family isn't perfect. Streak tell her that he hates his brother, and wishes more than anything that he would dissappear forever, so that Streak could be normal boy. One day the relationship between Sarah and Otis became too tense and Otis raped her. So they had to leave and she drowned in the lake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love great fiction you simply can't put down, and 'Gypsies' has won a place in my collection. Linzi Glass tells an incredible but always subtle tale of one girl's initiation into adulthood. The story -- about 12-year old Emily's disintegrating family, the mysterious visitors who change all their lives, and especially the ancient Zulu warrior who tells Emily tales of his people -- is unique and compelling, but the themes of this novel are universal. Glass intricately weaves the setting of apartheid South Africa into her plot, turning it into a character as vivid and memorable as wide-eyed Emily. Highly recommended for teens and adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This beautifully written novel evokes so realistically the memories I have of a place and a time where I lived as a child. The story is both haunting and hopeful. It will enthrall adults and teenagers alike. I can't wait to share it with my sixteen-year-old daughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. I found the story and characters so real. What moved me most was the magical relationship between Emily and the old Zulu nightwatchman, Buza. The glue of the Honey Guide bird held this wonderful story together right to the end. I highly recommend this book to young and old alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Year The Gypsies Came is a must for readers of all ages. I picked up an advance copy and was instantly drawn into Emily's world. Every detail is beautifully conceived, every emotional note rings true. Such gorgeous use of the English language! I was truly captivated and couldn't put the book down until the very last page.