This exceptional and significant novel from a much respected children's writer exposes the turbulence and uncertainty in the lives of young South Africans, as they struggle for a better future. Yeoville, Johannesburg: the melting-pot of new post-apartheid South Africa, where individuals of all colours live in close proximity. In this neighbourhood families are fracturing under the strain of economic hardship and fundamental political change, and violent crime has become a daily fact of life. This is the story of four teenage girls from widely varying backgrounds, who decide to form an alliance to resist the lawlessness that threatens to engulf them. Their four lives follow different paths, through great joy and terrible tragedy.
Norman Silver was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1946 and moved to England in 1969. His four novels for teenagers - No Tigers in Africa, An Eye for Colour, Python Dance and A Monkey's Wedding - have been translated into seven languages. He is also the author of four collections of poetry, a novel for younger children, The Blue Horse, and two picture books: Cloud Nine, illustrated by Jan Ormerod, and Temper-Temper, illustrated by Julie Park.