Children's Henning Mankell Playing with Fire

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Playing with Fire

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In the night there was a blue world lit by the moon . blue sand trickled between her fingers and swells of seawater moved inside her . It was a dream, yet Sofia knew that her time had come. She was fifteen, and childhood was behind her.Sofia takes in sewing, and her older sister, Rosa, works in the vegetable plot to help their mother support their family. Rosa, is strong and beautiful, and she loves boys, and dancing - something that Sofia, with her crutches, will never be able to do. Sofia imagines a boy who will love her for herself - Moonboy - the boy who appears in the night. Then suddenly Rosa falls ill, and Sofia is afraid for her. Their mother puts her faith in African magic, but it's Sofia who must help Rosa face the reality of AIDS, and the difficult road ahead.Playing with Fire is a brave, moving and unflinchingly honest story set in Mozambique. It follows Henning Mankell's earlier novel about Sofia, the unforgettable Secrets in the Fire.

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Henning Mankell is a well-known Swedish writer of novels and plays. His detective novels are published in the UK by Harvill. He spends half his time in Mozambique, where he manages the National Theatre.Anna Patterson is an award-winning translator who lives in Scotland.

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'Mankell presents the facts in a way that young readers will find interesting and affecting.'Viewpoint Vol 10 No 4 2002bittersweet and enchanging', Emma, student reviewer.generous and thoughtful novel that makes an unimaginable crisis accessible.'Reader's review in Good Readingworthy of attention for its graphic portrayal of a society bereft of what Westerners consider the most basic of necessities.' Magpies, Sep 2002

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