No More Strangers Now by DK Publishing

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"In South Africa we are learning to heal through the telling of stories like these, for it is only through telling that we heal." -Archbishop Desmond Tutu Through powerful personal narratives and photographs, this remarkable book brings together twelve South African teenagers whose distinct voices illuminate their experiences under apartheid and the joyous yet challenging years of freedom since. In their own words, these teens reveal what it was like to grow up in a country bitterly divided by racial separation, violence, and poverty. Eighteen-year-old Bandile Mashinini tells of police breaking down his door night after night because of his family's outspoken resistance to apartheid. Sixteen-year-old Ricardo Thando Tollie speaks of living in a tin shack only a few miles from the elegant houses of white suburbs. And fifteen-year-old Leandra Jansen van Vuuren describes her isolated childhood as a white South African, taught only to fear and mistrust people with skin darker than her own. But here, too, are stories of hope; of a willingness to reach out, to forgive, and to heal. Although they speak with a diverse range of voices, experiences, and attitudes, these young people are united in the belief that the new South Africa will truly be different from the one they have known. Their lives stand testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit and to a country's ability to redefine itself.

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McKee has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He lived in South Africa for 5 years, teaching history and English at a multi-racial high school in Johannesburg. Blackshaw first began documenting the lives of South Africans in 1992. She recently worked as an organizer and counselor for People Opposing Women Abuse in Johannesburg.
Published September 15, 1998 by DK CHILDREN. 112 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction

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""What carries this volume is the vitality of the 12 teens' voices themselves, and their impassioned debate of universal issues of poverty, racism, faith and reconciliation,"" wrote PW.

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In their own words, 12 teens representing the country's many ethnic groups (African, Coloured, Indian and white) describe the harsh realities of their lives under apartheid and the ways things have changed since the election of President Nelson Mandela.

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