I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I am not sure if that’s because I’ve read so many books about South Africa that this one offered me nothing new under the sun. I think I was hoping for something about the child’s perspective while battling to reunite with the mother under the oppressive Apartheid regime. Every book about South Africa that I read, I get something new, whether it’s information or emotional reality. That didn’t happen with this book, but I’m pretty sure that stems from me, not a fault in the book. For a young student who knows little or nothing about apartheid, this might be the perfect read. I personally just found it falling a little flat compared to other tales I’ve read from similar experiences.
I think it’s been hailed as a classic children’s tale of apartheid, so who am I to write a harsh review? I can’t.