No Turning Back: A Novel of South Africa

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Harper Collins, Jun 8, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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Escaping from his violent stepfather, twelve-year-old Sipho heads for Johannesburg, where he has heard that gangs of children live on the streets. Surviving hunger and bitter-cold winter nights is hard'but learning when to trust in the ‘new' South Africa proves even more difficult.

No Turning Back appeared on the short list of both the Guardian and Smarties book prizes on the United Kingdom.

 

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NO TURNING BACK

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The bland, uninvolving story of Sipho, 12, who flees his drunken stepfather's brutality to live on the streets of Johannesburg. Sipho finds a gang of street children but is with them barely a week ... Read full review

Contents

Runaway
1
Hillbrow
9
First Earnings
19
Empty Pockets
26
Drifting
35
Under the Night Sky
43
A Test for Sipho
51
Rosebank
59
A World Away
100
On Edge
107
Friendship
116
Accused
125
No Turning Back
131
The Garbage Can
139
Its Okay to Cry
146
Facing Up to Questions
152

Night Attack
67
Shelter in a Doorway
75
Dannys Den
83
A Warm Bed
90
Rubble and Ash
160
We Are the Future
168
Glossary
187
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Page 72 - Ahead of him, glinting through the darkness, Sipho saw water. He screamed as he was picked up. He tried to struggle once again, but it was no use. The hands and arms were too powerful for him as they threw him out into the lake. Hitting, then breaking...
Page 51 - ... brought me about five thousand when she came to me, long ago. It was to have gone to her children, if she had any, and away from me if she had none. Now she is gone, and that five thousand and another five, and I am saved ! Saved ! 'Saved!' Then he sat down in the boat, and, keeping his legs wide apart, rested his elbows on his knees and his head on his hands. His shirtcollar was open, and yet he felt his throat tighten, and put his hand to it. When he found it free he muttered : 'It is only...
Page 10 - Let's hope the elections will bring us peace, Mama. When everyone makes their cross on the paper, there should be no need for fighting anymore.
Page 69 - Sipho must have fallen asleep. Because the next thing he knew was that he was waking up in the 69 terror that usually came from a nightmare.

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About the author (2010)

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 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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