When Hoopoes Go To Heaven by Gaile Parkin

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Ten-year-old Benedict is feeling happy. His family's new home in Swaziland has the most beautiful garden in the whole entire world, teeming with insects, frogs and his favourite cinnamon-coloured birds. Here, crouched in the cool shade of the lucky-bean tree, it's easy to forget the loneliness that comes from his siblings playing without him, easy to stop himself fretting about how to fix his Mama's failing cake-baking business.

Of course, there are many things in Africa that cannot be put right by a boy who isn't yet big. But in Benedict's wonder-filled world, even the ugliest situation has a certain magic. Warm, funny and brimming with life, Where Hoopoes Go to Heaven paints a fresh and compelling picture of life in Swaziland that will capture your imagination and restore your faith in humanity.

 

About Gaile Parkin

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Gaile Parkin was born and raised in Zambia, and studied at universities in South Africa and England. She has lived in many different parts of Africa, including Swaziland, where When Hoopoes go to Heaven is set. She is currently a freelance consultant in the fields of education, gender, and HIV/AIDS.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Corvus. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At a time when his new Baba and Mama should be taking it easy and slowing down, they’re chasing around Africa to find consultancy contracts for Baba so he can support his five new children.

Jun 20 2012 | Read Full Review of When Hoopoes Go To Heaven

Orphaned by gun violence, ten-year-old Benedict, moves from Rwanda to Swaziland with grandmother Angel Tungaraza, the heroine of Parkin's first novel, Baking Cakes in Kigali. The new house, filled with bookshelves and boasting a garden rife with bugs and birds, entertains his thoughtful imaginati...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of When Hoopoes Go To Heaven

Orphaned by gun violence, ten-year-old Benedict, moves from Rwanda to Swaziland with grandmother Angel Tungaraza, the heroine of Parkin's first novel, Baking Cakes in Kigali. The new house, filled with bookshelves and boasting a garden rife with bugs and birds, entertains his thoughtful imaginati...

Jun 15 2013 | Read Full Review of When Hoopoes Go To Heaven

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