Out of Bounds [NOOK Book]

Overview

We are the young people,

We will not be broken!

We demand freedom

And say

"Away with slavery

...

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Out of Bounds

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Overview

We are the young people,

We will not be broken!

We demand freedom

And say

"Away with slavery

In our land of Africa!"

For almost fifty years apartheid forced the young people of South Africa to live apart as Blacks, Whites, Indians, and "Coloreds." This unique and dramatic collection of stories -- by native South African and Carnegie Medalist Beverley Naidoo -- is about young people's choices in a beautiful country made ugly by injustice.

Each story is set in a different decade during the last half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, and features fictional characters caught up in very real events. Included is a Timeline Across Apartheid, which recounts some of the restrictive laws passed during this era, the events leading up to South Africa's first free democratic elections, and the establishment of a new "rainbow government" that leads the country today.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062007889
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,135,001
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 562 KB

Meet the Author

Beverley Naidoo grew up in South Africa under apartheid. She says, "As a white child I didn't question the terrible injustices until I was a student. I decided then that unless I joined the resistance, I was part of the problem." Beverley Naidoo was detained without trial when she was twenty-one and later went into exile in Britain, where she has since lived.

Her first children's book, Journey to Jo'burg, was banned in South Africa until 1991, but it was an eye-opener for thousands of readers worldwide. Her characters in Chain of Fire, No Turning Back, and Out of Bounds face extraordinary challenges in a society that she describes as "more dangerous than any fantasy." She has won many awards for her writing, including the Carnegie Medal, the Jane Addams Book Award, and the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults for The Other Side of Truth, about two refugee children smuggled to London who are also featured in Web of Lies.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Out of Bounds

    Naidoo, B. (2001). Out of Bounds: Seven stories of conflict and hope. London: Puffin Books.

    9780060508012

    Organized chronologically, these seven short stories explore different events and conditions of Apartheid through South African children's perspectives. With varying degrees of hope, the protagonists face difficult choices and risk when deciding on what they believe about Apartheid depending on their various class and racial backgrounds. By remaining focused on issues among family members, friends and school all of the stories remain child-centric. Despite this, students may have some difficulty understanding the historical contexts of the stories (despite the presence of a timeline at the end) without the assistance of a teacher.

    While Naidoo provides a complicated and emotionally striking view of apartheid, one perspective is missing-that of someone who supported the laws. While a few secondary characters in several of the stories are supporters, most of them are placed in the roles of villains. I think showing the justifications that those in power tend to make to maintain their power would have been a complicating view to trigger discussion and a challenge to Naidoo as a writer.

    Activities to do with the book:

    After going through the stories him or herself, a teacher could decide to read one or two aloud to children. (My personal recommendation is to start with "The Playground" since it is closest to the experience of school desegregation in the United States and could provoke more immediate conversation)

    This book would be good to use alongside lessons on the history and evolution of Apartheid.

    Students could also create drawings in response to some of the images and scenes described in the book, or could examine American art for comparable images. (A good starting point would be Norman Rockwell's "A Problem We All Live With")


    Favorite Quotes:

    "The oppressors opened their prison doors and sat down with those they had oppressed.people they had locked behind bars for years or driven out of the country. They exchanged words instead of bullets" (xiii, introduction).

    "The year I turned ten, apartheid gripped me fully by the throat for the first time. Of course its fingers had been there all along, but I had been too busy to take much notice" (p. 18).

    "When I was six, policemen snatched Daddy away in the middle of the night. They came to our house with banging, thumping, and shouting. Their flashlights swooped over the garden through the dark" (p. 50).

    For more of my reviews, visit sjkessel.blogspot.com.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    Excellent book!

    Everyone should read it.

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