Zulu Dog by Anton Ferreira

Zulu Dog

Anton Ferreira


Zulu Dog by Anton Ferreira

An honest and compassionate look at post-apartheid South AfricaVusi, an eleven-year-old 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 razor-sharp 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 Vusi's 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 Vusi's whole family - and the larger community.A starkly realistic story set against the backdrop of the country's 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 Children's Book of the Year.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Publication date

26th September 2002




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