Drum roll, please…as we unveil our March book (or rather, books) of the month!
Siyagruva, a series of novels for South African teens, generously donated by New Africa Books of South Africa.
Books on African topics or set in African countries are highly prized here at Book Aid International, being frequently requested by our partners. Such books can be difficult for us to source from UK publishers, so we were delighted to receive a recent donation of 620 books from New Africa Books. Included in this donation were several copies of these novels for teens, featuring a group of friends from diverse backgrounds in Cape Town.
“Siyagruva” (meaning “We are Grooving”) is the name of the dance studio where the friends meet and share their adventures. In Divine Dump Dancer, Mncedisi and his mother are forced to glean a living from rubbish dumps after losing his father to AIDS, but his talent for dancing brings new opportunities. In No Problem, Man! Thabiso comes to terms with life in a wheelchair following an accident, but won’t let it stop him dancing: “My favourite dancing partner is my wheelie!”
In other stories the “Siyagruvers” travel to Namibia, Mozambique and the United States. Along the way they encounter prejudice, gang culture, and hostile authorities, but nothing keeps them down for long.
We are sending the Siyagruvers to our new Children’s Corners in six public libraries run by the Zambia Library Service and hope that teenage library users in Zambia will enjoy these stories.