Meg Bergman is 15 and fed up. She lives in a tiny town in rural 1990s South Africa – a hot-bed of traditionalism, racial tension and (in Meg’s eyes) ordinariness. Meg has no friends either, due largely to what the community sees as her mother’s interfering attempts to educate farm workers about AIDS.
But one day Xanthe arrives – Cool, urban, feisty Xanthe who, for some unknown reason, seems to want to hang out with Meg. Xanthe arrives into Meg’s life like a hurricane, offering her a look at a teenage life she never knew existed. But cracks quickly begin to appear in their friendship when Meg’s childhood friend Simon returns from his gap year travels. Leopold Blue is an emotionally taught and beautifully written story from a debut author with a mesmerising voice.
About the Author
Rosie Rowell was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2003 she left for London on a short working holiday with a backpack and a pair of hiking boots. Eleven years later she has lost the backpack but gained a husband and three small children. The hiking boots remain unused. Rosie is currently doing an MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmiths University of London, and Leopold Blue is her first novel.
a thought-provoking coming-of-age story. Debut author Rosie Rowell has created some complex and engaging characters, and Meg's adolescent trials and tribulations are set against an intriguing portrait of a rapidly changing nation. Booktrust
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 13+ years old
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 2nd January 2014
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.23