Out of Shadows

Out of Shadows

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'If I stood you in front of a man, pressed a gun into your palm and told you to squeeze the trigger, would you do it?' 'No, sir, no way!' 'What if I then told you we'd gone back in time and his name was Adolf Hitler? Would you do it then?' Zimbabwe, 1980s. The fighting has stopped, independence has been won and Robert Mugabe has come to power offering the end of the Old Way and promising hope for black Africans. For Robert Jacklin, it's all new- new continent, new country, new school. And very quickly he learns that for some of his white classmates, the sound of guns is still loud, and their battles rage on. Boys like Ivan. Clever, cunning Ivan. He wants things back to how they were, and he's taking his fight to the very top. Winner of the Costa, the UKLA and the Branford Boase Awards
Publisher: London : Andersen, c2010
ISBN: 9781849390484
Branch Call Number: WALLACE
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 20 cm


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Feb 07, 2014

Violence: Beatings of students; unprovoked murders of black children and a student; and a graphic closing scene with multiple shootings.

Feb 07, 2014

Coarse Language: Repeated use of the F-word; and frequent use of coarse language in local dialect (but a Glossary provides English definitions)


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Feb 05, 2014

A complex story set in an exclusive boys' boarding school in recently "liberated" Zimbabwe. There is more bullying and stereotyping within the "white" tribe than racism between the 'white' and 'black' tribes of newly admitted native students. This story boils with testosterone. This dark tale reads much like William Golding's dystopian "Lord of the Flies". There is no peaceful reconciliation of issues between races in this novel.

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