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Children's Literature

"At fourteen, Khosi is becoming more aware of the joys and tensions of her life in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Even though her mother constantly tells her that the world is wide open to her and that education is the key out of the poverty in which they live, Khosi is conflicted. Looking around her world, she tries to reconcile her education with the religious and cultural attitudes and superstitions of her community. In addition, Khosi's mother has been very ill. Has she been cursed by an angry neighbor, or could she have AIDS? This is a poignant story about a young woman struggling to ensure her family's security although many factors are working against them. It is not quite as strong or as accessible as Stratten's Chanda's Secret, but it still a solid book for teen readers, most likely girls who are looking for a strong female main character."

- Jean Boreen, August 10, 2011 

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