Zulu Dog

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By Anton Ferreira
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Zulu Dog
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An honest and compassionate look at postapartheid South AfricaVusi, an elevenyearold Zulu boy growing up in poverty in rural South Africa, is enchanted by the helpless puppy he finds in the bush. He names it Gillette for its razorsharp teeth and hides it from his mother, who disapproves of bush dogs as pets. His devotion to Gillette only grows stronger after the puppy is mauled by a leopard and loses a leg. But as boy and dog play carefree games, storm clouds are gathering over Vusis family ruthless rival taxi owners are trying to drive his father out of business. While Vusi and Gillette learn to hunt together, they meet the daughter of a neighboring white farmer. Gillette becomes the catalyst for their unlikely friendship, which has a decisive impact on the fate of Vusis whole family and the larger community.A starkly realistic story set against the backdrop of the countrys tortured racial history, Zulu Dog holds out the hope that a new generation of South Africans can create a better future for their land. Zulu Dog is a 2003 Bank Street Best Childrens Book of the Year.

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39617 words39,617 words
208 pages208 pages
Lexile 860LLexile 860L
Grade 5 to 7Grade 5 to 7
Published 2002Published 2002

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