- Title: Of Wheels and Witches
- Author: StephenHayes
- ISBN: 9781311930965
- Page: 126
- Format: ebook
Jeffery Davidson, a schoolboy from Johannesburg, goes to spend the school holidays at a farm There he meets Catherine, an orphan from England, Janet, a rich white farmer s daughter, and Sipho, a poor black peasant s grandson They have fun riding horses and exploring caves, until they encounter an ominous symbol of a wheel, and through a witch they learn of a plot to harmJeffery Davidson, a schoolboy from Johannesburg, goes to spend the school holidays at a farm There he meets Catherine, an orphan from England, Janet, a rich white farmer s daughter, and Sipho, a poor black peasant s grandson They have fun riding horses and exploring caves, until they encounter an ominous symbol of a wheel, and through a witch they learn of a plot to harm Sipho s father In trying to find a way to warn him of the danger, they find themselves up against the power of the apartheid state, and they themselves are in danger.
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So, a boy from Johannesburg goes to Eersteling in Natal to visit his aunt for the school holidays. There, he meets a girl from England, who is also staying at his aunt's place temporarily. The two of them meet another girl, who lives in the area, and the three of them meet a boy from a nearby township. The four of them go on an adventure together.Sound familiar?No?Have you ever read The Famous Five series, by Enid Blyton? Well, I did, and I was OBSESSED with the series, as a kid!Even though ther [...]
This is an enjoyable book with a fast pace, well-realised characters and a worthwhile blend of social commentary (the depredations and machinations of the apartheid security police with their Studebaker Larks) and bildungsroman. Also interesting is the ever-present subtext of witches and other malevolent forces. Stephen has a profound understanding of the fraught subject of magic, especially in the African context, and is one of the few local writers to have brought it into the everyday world of [...]
Well, I had to read it because I wrote it.Raitings? Reviews? That's up to you.
Jefferey is the main protagonist of this book, which is available from Smashwords. Jefferey is eleven, and we meet him on his way to stay at a farm in South Africa while his parents are abroad. There’s some good description in the first chapters, as Jefferey starts to explore his new environment, and gets to know nine-year-old Catherine, the niece of his hostess. There are words in South African English here and there, reminding me each time where the story is set. Then the story becomes darke [...]
I have just finished your novel, Of Wheels and Witches, Steve; I read it at one sitting, could not put it down. It is a lovely, well written, powerful story. As CSL said once, a children's book needs to be good enough to be loved by adults too. Yours is. Your plot is fast and enticing, your characters are real. For me, that is essential. And you offer a glimpse into an era and a place that are gone; with the authority of one who lived in that era and such a place. In short, I believe you have [...]
A "coming of age" story with the following elements: An interesting read. Witches, Anglicans, Charismatic African Christians, Apartheid, Orthodox saints, and adventure!I enjoyed the book. At times I found it compelling and exciting. The imagery woven in and through the book was consistent. I would recommend the book to anyone 11 and older definitely! I'm a well read post-middle aged adult and enjoyed it!
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