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Chasing the Leopard Finding The Lion
Age Range: 16+ years
Finalist for Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize Literature for Social Change 2008
Sons of revolutionaries, a classic Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer duo must grow up and find themselves when President-for-Life Robert Mugabe tightens his grip on white landowners and plunges Zimbabwe into anarchy. Julie Wakeman-Linn’s striking debut-part buddy road trip, part familial dramedy-focuses on two racially blended families as they outwit the world of diplomats, ex-pats, safari tourists, street rats, border guards, and the mercurial landscape. The result is an electrifying video capture of Africa in 1997 overflowing with intense color, tenacious characters, and riotous details.
“Chasing the Leopard; Finding the Lion is the work of a mature novelist who has a natural ability to engage a reader’s attention, to summon a vision. Her Africa is delicately evoked, and she brings moral choices into play in ways that only the best writers can manage. She is a gifted storyteller, a fine writer whose work I will always read with intense interest.” — Jay Parini, author of the Last Station and the Passages of H.M.
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