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NEWSLETTER No. 63 MARCH 2011 email: info@ibbysa.org.za Books for Africa Newsletter email: booksforafrica@iafrica.com website: www.ibbysa.org.za • IBBY SA is the South African section of IBBY. • IBBY is the International Board on Books for Young People. • IBBY SA’s area of interest is everything to do with South African books for children and young people. >> Percy Fitzpatrick Prize for Youth Literature • If you are a member of IBBY SA, you are also a member of IBBY. • IBBY’s 2004 World Congress was hosted by IBBY SA in Cape Town. • The August 2012 World Congresss will be in London. Wamkelekile! Sithemba ukuba uza kuthanda ukufunda eli phepha eli futshane eli neendaba. Come on in, and enjoy what the newsletter has to offer by way of news and thought-provoking ideas! Congratulations and calls for entries The English Academy of Southern Africa recently announced the winners of the Percy Fitzpatrick Prize. Seven books were shortlisted. These were: • • • • • • • The Billion Dollar Soccer Ball by Michael Williams (Maskew Miller Longman, 2009) Dance of the Freaky Green Gold by John Coetzee (Tafelberg, 2008) Daniel Fox and the Jester’s Legacy by Andy Petersen (Penguin, 2009) Fuse by S A Partridge (Human & Rousseau, 2009) Jesse’s Story by Fiona MacGregor (Maskew Miller Longman, 2008) Sharkey’s Son by Gillian D`Achada (Tafelberg, 2008) The Summer of Toffie and Grummer by Edyth Bulbring (Oxford University Press SA, 2008) The award went to Andy Petersen for Daniel Fox and the Jester’s Legacy. The judges noted that ‘the novel is interesting, with engaging complex characters, an imaginatively constructed world and surprising plot twists’. Honourable mention was made of Gillian D`Achada for Sharkey’s Son and of S A Partridge for Fuse (Human & Rousseau, 2009). Fuse was highly commended for its exploration of school violence, bullying and abuse, showing what might drive a bullied child to strike back, and Sharkey’s Son was described as a beautifully written novel, with an almost lyric feel to it at times. The panel of judges comprised Crystal Warren as Convener, Marike Beyers and Megan van der Nest. Reviva Schermbrucker featured in Bookbird Congratulations to writer and illustrator Reviva Schermbrucker: there’s a lovely 8-page article on her in the January 2011 Bookbird, the IBBY journal. It’s under the title ‘Breaking new ground with Reviva Schermbrucker’, and it’s written by Ruth Stone and Barbara Lehman. It offers an overview of Reviva’s work over the years, and ends with this resounding tribute: ‘Reviva Schermbrucker’s work is authentic, subtle, naturally inclusive, never sanitised or overtly politically correct. She tells a good story as it really is.’ (continues on next page) IBBY SA PO Box 847 Howard Place 7450 South Africa

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