Waiting for the Rain
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The illustration on our cover is taken from The Ankle Grabber, written by Rose Impey and illustrated by Moira Kemp (1870817 07 9, £5.50). The book is published by Ragged Bears and is one of the Creepies series (for full details see page 4). We are grateful to Ragged Bears and Rose Impey for help in using this illustration.
Childhood friends, Frikkie and Tengo, draw apart as Tengo leaves the farm owned by Frikkie's father to attend school in a black township. Their differences develop further in adolescence when Frikkie joins the army and Tengo becomes increasingly aware of the social injustice which is part of everyday life. The end of the book, in a situation of increasing violence, brings them briefly and unexpectedly together. The carefully-handled tension and sensitive characterisation will make this an absorbing book for discerning teenage readers.