The best selection of multicultural and social justice books for children, YA, and educators. Arushi Raina employs plot, characterization, and narrative style to advance the above themes with sophistication. Told through the first-person voices of four young revolutionaries — Zanele and Thabo Black , Jack White , and Meena Indian — the story weaves back and forth from the opulent homes of the privileged Whites, to the poverty and overcrowding of Soweto, and to the in-between world of the Indian community. The book especially provides insight into the role of the relatively unseen Indian community. Through the first-person voices of these characters we learn that they are further separated because of the biases, stereotypes, and experiences they have been exposed to about other races. However, in spite of these rigid distinctions, the main characters cross racial barriers in order to fulfill their political or romantic aims. Continue reading. Publisher's Synopsis: Zanele is skipping school and secretly plotting against the apartheid government. The police can't know. Her mother and sister can't know.
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When Morning Comes is written from the points-of-view of four young people living in Johannesburg and its black township, Soweto in Through the eyes of Zanele, a black female student organiser, Mina, of South Asian background working at her father's shop, Jack, an Oxford-bound white student, and Thabo, a teen gang-member or tsotsi - this book explores the roots of 's Set against the background of the Soweto student march against the Bantu Education Act, When Morning Comes is a multi-faceted novel that covers many important themes: the segregation of Black, White, and Indian racial groups in apartheid South Africa; the intelligence and determination of Black youth to plan and execute a political movement; adolescent idealism to give up all for a cause they passionately believe in; interracial cooperation; and a love triangle. Arushi Raina employs plot, characterization, and narrative style to advance the above themes with sophistication.
In her powerful debut novel, 'When Morning Comes', Arushi Raina brings alive the social, political and interpersonal turmoil of the Soweto Uprising in South Africa. Long before the era of the internet and smartphones, the rally took months of clandestine planning. Lives and allegiances were tested, the police raided gatherings of black people, opening fire on them as they demanded the repeal of Afrikaans-only school curricula, and people disappeared without a trace. In her powerful debut novel, When Morning Comes, Arushi Raina brings alive the social, political and interpersonal turmoil of the Soweto Uprising. The momentum keeps the reader on tenterhooks, the arc of the plot shifting with almost every page. But somewhere along the breathless sequence of conspiracies, intrigues, betrayals and vendetta, one begins to decipher the gentler nuances of an improbable affection between Jack and Zanele. Zanele, fiery and reckless, leaves her mark in her moments of vulnerability. Writing largely for a young-adult readership, Raina maintains a fine balance between fact and fiction. If the four-way splicing of her narrative keeps the reader on their toes, the emotional core of the story—the insecurities, jealousies, anger and frustrations of a generation—demand a deeper moral investment.