This enthralling book evokes the colours, smells and sounds of Africa. The story is both told from the viewpoint of a young boy who is coming of age through a rite of passage, and from the viewpoint of his deceased sister. The girl can only let go of him and life, when the boy is able to success- fully endure the physical tests in extreme circumstances.
A story about the happiness and pain of growing up, and the power of family-bonds beyond death.
Themes: Africa, growing up, mourning, brother-sister relationship
The succesful duo Verhelst-Cneut has won every important prize with their picturebook The secret of the nightingale's throat, which has been published in 12 languages.
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