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Out of Bounds by Beverley Naidoo
Transcript of Out of Bounds by Beverley Naidoo
The Dare Significance This book is significant because it explains what happened through the apartheid of South Africa through short stories about what different children went through. It is pretty much like a South African civil rights movement. A story is told to represent the significance of each decade from the 1940's through 2000's. A story is told about a young African American girl being dared to go onto a white man's property and collect one of his flowers. It is a test for her to join a friend group. While on the property, she witnesses her brother being beaten by the owner of the land for being out of place when he spoke. This happened even though other workers pleaded that he is just a kid. This marks the beginning of the apartheid law by showing the white man's dominance over black people. Chapter 2: The Noose In the second story all men who are not white have to go get a certificate stating which race he is classified as. All of the colored people are forced to move to a new location, and whites, Africans, and Coloreds could not interact. This story shows the Population Registration Act, the Group Areas Act, and the Group areas Act. Chapter 3: One Day, Lily, One Day A little girl becomes good friends with another little girl. This is a problem though because the first little girl's dad is helping African Americans in their resistance to apartheid. He is arrested twice and listed as a communist as an excuse. This story represents the Suppression of Communism Act and the Abolition of Passes Act. Chapter 4: The Typewriter A little girl named Nandi is asked to complete a favor by fetching a typewriter from her grandma's house. The possession of one is illegal and the grandmother is caught trying to put it in another woman's garage. She is arrested and Nandi has to run away. Chapter 5: The Gun During "The Gun" Esi, a boy, and his father work on a reserve where there job is to find poachers and dangers to the animals. However, the boy and his father are not allowed to use weapons because of there color. Instead, they must alert the owner and allow him to take care of it. One day the owner goes out of town and an overseer takes his place. Unlike the owner, the overseer is harsh towards Esi. Then on a journey to check out a danger the overseer gets hurt. Instead of helping him, Esi takes the gun and leaves him to die. This is supposed to represent the "Underground War" fought by mistreated people during apartheid and show the resilience by all people against these unfair laws Chapter 6: The Playground In "The Playground" children's schools are beginning to be desegregated, and some kids are not very fond of this. A little girl named Rosa is thrown into a class full of white children. During recess a girl lies to her say the principle asked to see her. This girl led her to a secluded place where some mean kids were going to beat Rosa up. Luckily, an older friend of hers stopped this and led her to the playground. This story shows the end of the Bantu Education Act which gave colored people a lower grade of education. Also during this time, South Africa held Democratic elections. Nelson Mandela was elected and she rid the country of apartheid laws. Chapter 7: Out of Bounds In "Out of Bounds a rich boy helps a poor squatter by carrying his pregnant mom water. Even thought the squatter camp is an undesirable place to be it was right next to the rich boys house. This story shows that people are finally beginning to be civil and cooperate as a nation rather than a race. My Critique Overall, I thought this was a good book. I learned a good bit about this South African apartheid and the author made her point. I liked how she used stories to represent each thing that happened during this time period. I would recommend this book to someone if they were interested in history, but also if they wanted a good story. Even though it was a nonfiction book it was still a very interesting story to read.