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Nuwe rilroman vir tieners deur Francois Bloemhof: Liefde, moord en Facebook

Liefde, moord en FacebookStruik Lifestyle kondig met trots aan dat Francois Bloemhof se jongste tienerroman – Liefde, moord en Facebook – eersdaags op ons rakke verskyn:

Liefde, moord en Facebook is ’n tienerroman met genres van beide romanse en rillers. Die hoofkarakter, Klaradyn, raak verlief op ’n fotograaf wat dalk vir die moorde op die modelle in haar tuisdorp verantwoordelik is – die een na die ander word vermoor. Daar is ’n paar verdagtes, maar niks word te ernstig opgeneem nie. Die karakters is wandelende clichés en daar word op ’n humoristiese manier met die modelwêreld gespot, asook mense se obsessie met Facebook en die wyse waarop sosiale media deesdae die menslike gedrag dikteer. Die werklike storie bevat fiktiewe Facebook-insetsels, volledig met foto’s en ’n paar skakels na video’s en klankgrepe.

Oor die outeur

François Bloemhof is die enigste skrywer wêreldwyd wat omvattend vir die jeug, tieners en volwassenes skryf. Hy is ’n vryskut-taalpraktisyn asook kopieskrywer, resensent en joernalis en is bekend vir die eerste Afrikaanse e-boek en strokiesprentreeks. François skryf vir die verhoog, die radio en tydskrifte, en twee rolprenttekste uit sy pen word vanjaar geproduseer. Hy het heelwat toekennings ontvang, insluitende die De Kat-prys vir sy debuutverhaal, Die nag het net een oog.


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“As Brave and Faithful a Dog as Ever Lived” – Excerpt from Retelling of Jock of the Bushveld

Jock of the BushveldNamibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from Phillida Brooke Simons’ retelling of Jock of the Bushveld, the well-loved classic by Percy Fitzpatrick.

The excerpt describes Jock’s mother, Jess, and some of her quirky habits. She is not a lovely or lovable animal. But she has “sense and strength and plenty of courage”, and is a very good dog to her master.

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No one could have called Jess beautiful. She was a bull terrier with a dull brindled coat marked with shadowy grey and black stripes. Her eyes were small and cross-looking and she had restless, twitching ears. She was bad-tempered, too, and most unsociable. But to her master she was as brave and faithful a dog as ever lived.

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Win a Copy of Marigold and the Faraway Tree by Alison Fast

Marigold and the Faraway TreeMadeliefie en die boom doer verse7en is giving away a copy of Marigold and the Faraway Tree by Alison Fast.

Marigold and the Faraway Tree (also available in Afrikaans as Madeliefie en die boom doer ver) is a beautifully illustrated book about a little girl who discovers a magical tree that comes to be important in her story.

To stand a chance of winning the book, all you have to do is leave a comment on se7en’s blog post about this competition.

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This is a sweet story of a gal called Marigold… who discovers a tree… the kind of tree that childhood is made of. This is a tree where dreams are dreamt, swings are swung… and the flowers are magical. This is a welcoming tree, of the cool shady kind on hot summer days and the warm cozy spot on cold winter days.

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Pictures of the Tree that Inspired Marigold and the Faraway Tree in Kommetjie

Marigold and the Faraway TreeMadeliefie en die book doer verImhoff Farm has shared some pictures of the actual tree that inspired Marigold and the Faraway Tree (also available in Afrikaans as Madeliefie en die boom doer ver).

The tree is on Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie, on the lawn outside Blue Water Café. The author, Alison Fast, believes that her best stories grow out of a mixture of real life things and imaginative wonder, like this one did.

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Excerpt: “Killers of Prinsloo’s Kloof” from the New Edition of African Myths and Legends

African Myths and LegendsNamibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from “Killers of Prinsloo’s Kloof”, a story from African Myths and Legends, by Dianne Stewart and Jay Heale.

African Myths and Legends was recently rereleased in a new edition, beautifully illustrated by Gina Daniel and late Angus McBride.

In this story, set in the 1860s, a family move into a farm in the Kouga Mountains. Everything seems well at first, but soon their horses begin to take fright at night, seemingly at nothing. Eventually the farmer spots a mysterious figure in a wide-brimmed hat, who seems impervious to bullets.

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Kommetjie Tree Inspires Children’s Book: Marigold and the Faraway Tree by Alison Fast and Wendy Paterson

Marigold and the Faraway TreeMadeliefie en die book doer verMarigold and the Faraway Tree by Alison Fast, illustrated by Wendy Paterson, will be available from Struik Lifestyle next month:

This is the story of a nine-year-old girl whose relationship with an old tree guides her through an important transition phase in her life. The story was inspired by the existence of a true-life tree growing at Imhoff Farm, behind the Blue Water Café, next door to the Higgley Piggeldy Farmyard in Kommetjie, not too far from Cape Point, one of the southernmost points of Africa.

It is a simple tale of universal wisdom that will not only engage young readers, but teach them an important life lesson as well. Children will be able to think about concepts such as kindness, happiness and friendship. The author, Alison Fast, believes that the best stories are home grown and involve simple things such as a village, a character or even the change of seasons, interwoven with imagination, curiosity and wonderment.

The charming illustrations by Wendy Paterson will enchant readers both young and old as they complement this simple but appealing story.

This enchanting book is also available in Afrikaans as Madeliefie en die boom doer ver.

About the author

Alison Fast
is a documentary filmmaker who loves storytelling across all mediums. Her inspiration comes from travelling, spending time in nature and leading community-based storytelling workshops. She lives in Los Angeles and New York, in the US. Marigold and the Faraway Tree is her first children’s book.

About the illustrator

Wendy Paterson is a former teacher and archeologist, who lives with her two children in Scarborough near Cape Town. She works as a freelance illustrator from home and draws inspiration from the beauty of her surroundings and the funny things children do and say.

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Magical Tales with an African Flavour in the Revised Edition of The Best of African Folklore by Phyllis Savory

The Best of African FolkloreStruik Lifestyle presents the revised edition of The Best of African Folklore by the late Phyllis Savory:

Africa has a wonderfully rich store of folk tales that have been passed down from one generation to the next. There are stories about how the world came into being, stories that tell of the relationships between human beings and between man and his environment, and of the lessons to be learned from everyday experience. The tales are like the fairy tales told all over the world, but they have a strong African flavour that is as real as the smell of rain on hot earth.

Now in a revised format with an updated cover, The Best of African Folklore takes the reader into an enchanted world where animals can talk and humans are often changed into different forms, where magic is commonplace and reality is turned delightfully on its head. Despite numerous setbacks, things usually turn out all right in the end. Wicked and greedy people (and animals) come off worst and the good receive their just rewards. The gods are stern but fair, and every story has a moral for those who are wise enough to see it.

About the author

The late Phyllis Savory was a well-established collector and reteller of African tales. This, her last collection of folklore, comprises 39 stories drawn from all parts of southern Africa and further afield. Illustrated with detailed drawings by Gina Daniel, it will delight adults as well as children. True to the spirit of African stories, the tales are especially suitable for reading aloud.

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Dianne Stewart and Jay Heale Present African Myths and Legends: A Collection of Tales for Young Readers

African Myths and LegendsA stunning new cover, design and format brings to life African Myths & Legends, a combination of two earlier publications (Daughter of the Moonlight and Other African Tales and South African Myths and Legends). It is a spellbinding and fascinating collection of tales that will enliven the imagination of young readers. Vividly illustrated, the book sustains the intrigue of storytelling that has been passed on from generation to generation. The magic lies in deciding whether the stories are fact or fiction.

The book offers an explanation for the myths people encountered in their ordinary daily lives and the norms and social practices that have emerged from these events. Using historical events as a backdrop, yet weaving in fantasy and magic, these extraordinary tales are not only interesting but also highly informative and educational.

About the authors

Dianne Stewart has postgraduate degrees in African Languages and English (specialising in South African Literature). She has written a number of highly acclaimed children’s books, including Folktales from Africa. Many of her books have been published in other languages such as The Gift of the Sun (Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, French and South Korean). Chasing the Wind has also been transcribed into Braille.

Jay Heale is an authority on children’s books in South Africa and edits the Bookchat website which carries news and reviews of children’s literature and is updated monthly. He has also written a number of books, including True African Animal Tales and South African Sea Adventures, both published by Struik.

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Excerpt from Nursery Rhymes & Verse from Africa by Liz Mills

Nursery Rhymes & Verse from AfricaRandom House Struik has published an excerpt from Nursery Rhymes & Verse from Africa by Liz Mills. This is Mills’ second collection of over 50 nursery rhymes and verse from popular children’s songs, which have been adapted to appeal to children in Africa.

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