Into the Valley

Williams, Michael

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Synopsis: After the death of his older brother during military service, a young South African boy embarks on an odyssey of discovery, encountering a rich variety of colorful characters who reveal the complex issues and implications of apartheid.

From School Library Journal: Grade 8-12-Walter Hudson, 16, must come to terms with his soldier brother's death, his parents' grief, and his own impending subscription in the South African Defense Force. Since Boetie's death was senseless, the result of a stupid practical joke gone bad, Walter feels compelled to find a cause-not only a cause worth dying for, but also one worth living for. A newspaper article describing a youth army led by a 17-year-old called General Biko catches his attention. The band's defense of their home of Illongweni in Zululand must surely be a just cause, so Walter sets out to join them. But during his stay in the village, he soon learns that the issues are complicated, and that right and wrong are not clearly defined. Walter is a likable young man who turns anger and grief into a positive force that exacts courage and fortitude from him. His character shows both the immaturity of youth and emerging maturity as he struggles to understand the forces at work in the war-torn land. Even though the premise that Walter's parents would let him be absent for weeks without leaving so much as a phone number is a flimsy one, it makes the story work and is only a minor flaw. The various factions at work within South Africa are presented in a forthright manner, making them comprehensible even to readers with scant knowledge of the area's unrest. Also to Williams's credit is the absense of a tidy ending.
Marilyn Makowski, Greenwood High School, SC
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