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The Sleeping Baobab Tree

by Paula Leyden - £5.99  Walker Books Ltd (2013)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781406327939 | ISBN 10: 140632793x

A funny, heartwarming story set in modern-day Zambia.
 
One morning twelve-year-old Fred wakes up with an unaccountable sense of foreboding, which his friend Bul-Boo, one of the twins from next door, insists is just in his imagination. However, the feeling persists Ė and grows stronger when Fredís terrifying great-granny, Nokokulu, asks him to accompany her on a trip to an ancient burial site known as the Place of Death. Then Bul-Boo overhears her parents talking about patients going missing from her motherís AIDS clinic, and when one of the patients turns out to be Fredís Aunt Kiki, the children suddenly view Nokokuluís trip in a different light. Could the two events somehow be linked?
 
As the three friends and the old woman journey into the heart of Zambia, each of them hopes to right wrongs, both past and present Ö but dark clouds are gathering and ancient magic is in the air.

(Price & availability last checked: November 2019)

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