The power of one

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Delacorte Press, Sep 13, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 291 pages
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In 1939, hatred took root in South Africa, where the seeds of apartheid were newly sown. There a boy called Peekay was born. He spoke the wrong language–English. He was nursed by a woman of the wrong color–black. His childhood was marked by humiliation and abandonment. Yet he vowed to survive–he would become welterweight champion of the world, he would dream heroic dreams.
But his dreams were nothing compared to what awaited him. For he embarked on an epic journey, where he would learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the mystical power that would sustain him even when it appeared that villainy would rule the world: The Power of One.

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Creative plot with satisfying, albeit violent, ending. - Goodreads
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What a fantastic book! The best I have read in a long time. This author can paint a picture in words that is mesmerizing. Read full review

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This book stays with you while you move through the everyday demands of life until you can reunite with the characters again. I found myself cheering, laughing, crying as I traveled with the main ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Bryce Courtenay was born in South Africa, is an Australian, and has
lived in Sydney for the major part of his life. Visit him on the web at

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