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The Soccer Fence: A Story Of Friendship, Hope, And Apartheid In South Africa

In a country struggling with acceptance, hope can come in many different forms. As a boy, Hector loved playing soccer in his small Johannesburg township. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible. Then, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and apartheid began to crumble. The march toward freedom in South Africa was a slow one, but when the beloved Bafana Bafana national soccer team won the African Cup of Nations, Hector realized that dreams once impossible could now come true. This poignant story of friendship artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa’s history and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together.

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0399247904

ISBN-13: 978-0399247903

Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #348,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #25 in Books > Children's Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Africa #164 in Books > Children's Books > Geography & Cultures > Explore the World > Africa #313 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Prejudice & Racism

Age Range: 6 - 8 years

Grade Level: 1 - 3

This book is a story of prejudice and apartheid written for an audience of 8-12 year olds. Through the experiences of two young boys of different races who just want to play soccer together, Bildner illustrates the destructive nature of apartheid. Ultimately, The Soccer Fence is a story of friendship and of hope.

I read this to my son tonight. He loves soccer and related to the kids. It was good way to teach about history. Uplifting!


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