It’s been two years since the Sarili Virus swept through South Africa. Those infected by it were transformed into little more than walking corpses, unable to speak, eat or even breathe properly. The government decided to keep the infected away from healthy humans, rounded them up and put them in special camps out of sight of ‘normal’ people.
The last thing on fifteen-year-old Nyameka’s mind is the Sarili Virus and the fate of its victims. She has her own problems. Her little brother Levi is different to the other kids in the community. He rarely smiles, is sensitive and withdrawn, and is always bringing stray animals into the yard. Nyameka doesn’t think it’s fair that her normally strict mother rarely shouts at him and lets him get away with everything. But even her mother’s patience is pushed to the limit when Levi encourages a very different kind of stray to follow him home, an act of kindness that could have terrible consequences for Nyameka’s family.
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In the Guardian this week, one half of the mother-and-daughter writing duo Lily Hern explains how to write collaboratively successfully – and still remain friends at the end of it
Under the pseudonym Lily Herne, my 21-year-old daughter Savannah and I have been writing the Deadlands series together for three years now (and have somehow managed not to kill each other). Collaborating can be an adjustment but if you do it right, it can be far more rewarding than writing alone, and it’s a great way to get started. We’ve learned a lot from each other (like who makes the best coffee and how not to write lame teen dialogue). Here are our top tips for collaborative writing:
Read the rest here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/2013/jun/13/lily-herne-top-writing-tips-collaboration
Zombies in Cape Town? You better believe it! | heat.co.za
Deadlands: it’s the first local-is-lekker zombie book! And you can go to the book launch! This young adult novel is filled with pop-culture and local references, and is based on a really cool idea…
It has been a long day; I’ve been stuck in various malls today for trivial matters. I cannot function properly. So this is dedicated to all those who are feeling brain-dead … and brain -hungry These jokes are super corny, perfect for those days when you can’t think properly.
Why did they find a disembodied head inside of a piano? A zombie forgot it when he was trying to play by ear.
Do zombies eat popcorn with their fingers? No, they eat the fingers separately…
What did the zombie get an award for?
Want to meet some cool zombies, and grab a copy of Deadlands? Pop into Exclusive Books, Canal Walk on Saturday for a thrilling time awesome prizes up for grabs (no, you can’t take the zombies home with you…)