The following is the book jacket copy for Stones for My Father:

Corlie Roux’s farm life in South Africa is not easy: the Transvaal is beautiful, but it is also a harsh place where the heat can be so intense that the very raindrops sizzle. When her beloved father dies, she is left with a mother who is as devoted to her sons as she is cruel to her daughter. Despite this, Corlie finds solace in her friend, Sipho, and in Africa itself and in the stories she conjures for her brothers.

But Corlie’s world is about to vanish: the British are invading and driving Boer families like hers from their farms. Some escape into the bush to fight the enemy. The unlucky ones are rounded up and sent to internment camps.

Will Corlie’s resilience and devotion to her country sustain her through the suffering and squalor she finds in the camp at Kroonstad? That may depend on a soldier from faraway Canada and on inner resources Corlie never dreamed she had….

Stones for My Father
Written by Trilby Kent
Hardcover | Ages 11+ | 176 pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-252-3
eBook 978-1-77049-260-8

Tundra Books has published another title for Trilby.  Here is the description of Medina Hill from the company website:

In the grimy London of 1935, eleven-year-old Dominic Walker has lost his voice. His mother is sick and his father’s unemployed. Rescue comes in the form of his Uncle Roo, who arrives to take him and his young sister, Marlo, to Cornwall. There, in a boarding house populated by eccentric residents, Marlo, who keeps a death grip on her copy of The New Art of Cooking, and Dominic, armed with Incredible Adventures for Boys: Colonel Lawrence and the Revolt in the Desert, find a way of life unlike any they have known. Dominic’s passion for Lawrence of Arabia is tested when he finds himself embroiled in a village uprising against a band of travelers who face expulsion. In defending the vulnerable, Dominic learns what it truly means to have a voice.

“Grimy London”, eh?  This is what is known as truth in fiction.  And yes, the Transvaal is beautiful, and harsh.  If Medina Hill is anything like Stones for My Father, it will be a book that adult readers can get into.  YA literature is sometimes wasted on the young.  (If someone else hasn’t said it already, I now have.)

Now move on to Post No. 3 at 11:00 o’clock.

My second question for Trilby:  You live in grimy London, so that locale for a story is no surprise.  How did you become acquainted with the Transvaal?

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4 Responses to MAIDEN BLOG TOUR 3 of 4

  1. Trilby says:

    Thanks for the review, E.J.!

    I do indeed live in London – somewhere between leafy, luxurious Hampstead and the gritty melting pot that is Kilburn – although I have yet to set an entire novel in this extraordinary city. I wanted to write about the Transvaal as my mother’s family is South African, and it’s a part of the world that I find almost more beautiful than anywhere else, despite its troubled past and uncertain future…

    • EJ Lavoie says:

      I have no familial links to England and the British Isles, but the country fascinates me. If I miss an episode of Coronation St., I growl for days. Growing up in Quebec, I received packets from one relative in the States. She sent me books & mags, and I loved the Boys’ Own Annual & the British stories. There are other connections, but the point is, Britain is one of my homelands albeit in imagination.

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