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Trainsurfer (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Richards, Kate S.

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A salty, gritty, exciting, heartbreaking and hopeful page-turner that leaves readers wishing for a sequel... The day his mother dies, Jabu's instinct is to run. He runs away from the Johannesburg hospital and soon finds himself amongst a gang of train surfers on top of a hurtl...ing train. After witnessing the dark side of train surfing, he continues to flee from his hopeless life, all the while searching for a place to call home. He stows away with an unexpected creature companion as he travels from Soweto to Durban, hoping to find his aunt. Through a series of fortuitous events, Jabu makes interracial friendships (in a time when that was unusual), learns to surf the waves and connects deeply with the street children called Father's boys. Being an orphan in apartheid South Africa in the 1980s is perilous. The police are a constant threat and an ominous presence throughout. It takes courage, loyalty and friendship to overcome the societal dangers. On the other side of apartheid society is Billie, a gutsy tomboy. It's not that she wants to be a boy, but she yearns to be with the boys in the surf, living daringly. One surfer, in particular, has her attention, but their lives are all about to change as they become a part of a bigger South African story that goes beyond surfing, 80's music and escapism.
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ISBN 9781980325390
Published NZ 17 Feb 2018
Publisher Green Room House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Series Adventures of Jabu & Friends (part: 1)
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ISBN-13 9781980325390
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Status Showing available from publisher, allow 2-4 weeks for delivery
Publisher Green Room House
Imprint Green Room House
Published 17 Feb 2018
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Richards, Kate S.
Series Adventures of Jabu & Friends (part: 1)
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Adventure Stories
Racism, Sexism & Prejudice
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 138
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 10mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
NBS Text Young Adult General Interest & Leisure
ONIX Text Young adult