Zebra Crossing

Zebra Crossing

Book - 2013
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Ghost. Ape. Living dead. Young Chipo has been called many names, but to her mother - Zimbabwe 's most loyal Manchester United supporter - she had always just been Chipo, meaning gift. On the eve of the World Cup, Chipo and her brother flee to Cape Town hoping for a better life and to share in the excitement of the greatest sporting event ever to take place in Africa. But the Mother City's infamous Long Street is a dangerous place for an illegal immigrant and albino. Soon Chipo is caught up in a get-rich-quick scheme organized by her brother and the terrifying Dr Ongani. Exploiting gamblers' superstitions about albinism, they plan to make money and get out before rumors of looming xenophobic attacks become reality. But their scheming has devastating consequences.
Publisher: London :, Oneworld,, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781780744308
Branch Call Number: FICTION VAN

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Jul 01, 2014

Quite a sad little book ... Having an African connection myself, I enjoyed this story of Chipo's struggle to adapt to life as an unwelcome Zimbabwean migrant worker in South Africa, and the hostile reception and treatment meted out to her and others in a similar position.

ChristchurchLib May 18, 2014

"The eve of 2010 World Cup and a brother and sister flee to Cape Town but find it's a dangerous place for an illegal immigrant and an albino." Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/96117fb3-f773-4ebe-a30e-0933ee1fb11f?postId=88caf547-9d7c-4692-932a-8cbe7ef5fe90

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