Family Conflicts and Relationships
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Picking up with Louiesa’s story from Memoirs of a Play-White, Helene Louiesa Mynhardt’s second memoir is just as intriguing a story as her first. From Destitute to Plenitude takes the reader further into the personal and professional life of Louiesa as she continues to transverse a world in which skin color is still a major player. This memoir begins with an in-depth look into the history behind South Africa’s classification laws and how they affected everything from politics to sports to how families were divided.

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Joey Kinkaid is the princess of Baker Street, and Eric Sinclair is the prince. They have been close friends since they were little, and now the terrors and troubles of middle school are tearing them apart. Joey does not make an easy friend; he comes to school dressed in the fashion of most girls with leggings, lip gloss, and a pink silk scarf. Eric, troubled by his lack of parenting and guidance at home, forces himself under the radar despite his wishes to help Joey so that no one finds out he lives alone.

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When they were younger, Joey was the Princess of Baker Street and Eric was her knight, and it was perfectly normal. But as they got older, the kids of Baker Street started to realize that there was something different about Joey, something strange about a boy pretending to be a princess, and not all of them liked it. Middle school is a battlefield, and Eric is doing his best to avoid calling attention to himself and his shaky living situation. Unfortunately, Joey doesn’t get the memo, and repeatedly shows up to school with painted nails, or wearing leggings and a girly scarf.

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The memoir opens with a tragic political happening: in South Africa, the government deemed that people’s race could be legally changed in a manner of days and that the government itself would decide what a person’s race would legally be from that point onward. This change-of-race resulted in catastrophic happenings. Families were torn apart – parents would be considered "white" and their children considered "coloured," or vice-versa.

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The Greatest Magician by Elena Paige begins with the impending threat of explosions at the popular Magicians’ Convention. Jack, at the present a famed magician, is faced with a personal affront and is thrown back to the first time he attended the convention. Immensely frustrated by his complete lack of magical powers, the younger Jack dreads having to perform with the rest of his talented family, including his famous mother.

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In a world and style reminiscent of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, J.B. Strong’s Old as the Moon is the imaginative tale of two sisters’ journey through Tir Nan Og, the land of the fairies. Beginning in the land of humans, Roxanne and Emily cross paths with a mischievous fairy named Sonjoni. He shows Roxanne the truth of her father, the famed wizard Merlin. Roxanne becomes the accidental bearer of Merlin’s Shadow, the celestial pathway between Earth and Tir Nan Og, into which Emily and Roxanne are suddenly swept.

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