Six friends attend a music festival in the Cederberg. Only five come back. For her seventeenth birthday Demi Crowley invites her five closest friends to join her at a music festival for a party to end all parties. But what was supposed to be the night of their lives soon becomes a nightmare none of them will ever forget. Sharp Edges is a topsy-turvy tale of love, loss and friendship that will stay with you long after the final page has been turned, and leaves you questioning what you really know about your friends.
Sharp Edges is S.A. Partridge’s fourth novel for young adults. Watch the trailer:
Dark Poppie’s Demise
What would you do if you met someone online who seemed to know everything about you, someone who was there day and night to listen to your every thought, your fears and your desires? What if he was everything you ever wanted from a soul mate? What if he wanted to meet you face to face? Fifteen year old Jenna Brooks feels invisible. Her father barely notices her at home, her brother Ian, well, he’s an idiot anyway, and her best friend Anisa doesn’t seem to understand her at all. Not to mention the fact that Eric Meyer, the object of her affection since grade eight, just started dating the prettiest girl at school. All Jenna wants is for someone to notice her, but all everybody sees is a gawky teenager with an overactive imagination. But she leads a double life. As Dark Poppy, she can be herself. Her online friends see her for who she truly is: a sensitive, creative young woman with a talent for photography. When she receives a friend request from Robert Rose on Facebook, she doesn’t hesitate to start up a friendship. But then, why shouldn’t she? He’s the hottest guy she’s ever seen; with emerald green eyes that seem to stare right through the computer screen…
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Being South African isn’t as black and white as it used to be. People from all over the world make South Africa their home, while South Africans have more geographic freedom than ever before. This unique and captivating collection is a snapshot of South African writing today: emigrant and immigrant South Africans, living at home and away. In Home Away, edited by Louis Greenberg, twenty-four chapters by twenty-four writers, set in cities all around the world, make up one global day, a mosaic reflecting on the nature of home. As the provocative stories in this collaboration suggest, often it’s when we are far away from home that we see it most clearly.
Kendall Mullins hates high school, almost as much as he hates the situation at home, but that all changes when Craig Baumgarten joins his class. Craig makes life at Percy Fitzpatrick High almost bearable, until the bullies set their sights on the new best friends and Craig hatches a plan to fight back with devastating consequences. As Kendall is drawn in deeper he finds himself in a situation he can’t escape and its up to his brother Justin to protect him. The Mullins brothers flee the suburbs as they attempt to outrun the law and the wrath of their father, but the streets of Cape Town are rough, and they have to come up with a new plan to survive.
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The Goblet Club
Winner of the M.E.R prize for best youth novel and the You/Huisgenoot I am a Writer Competition, The Goblet Club is a Gothic story with distinctly South African features set in a mysterious boarding school somewhere on the South African Platteland. When Mark is sent to St Matthew’s College for Boys, it is one more punishment for years of bad behaviour. The school has a reputation for knocking boys like him into shape, run with an iron fist by the sinister headmaster, Mr Crabtree. As soon as he arrives, Mark enters a sinister world of questions: what is Mr Crabtree’s secret, and why does he have a miserable sixteen-year-old secretary? Are his new friends who they say they are? Mark sets out to find answers with his friends, Trent, Vlad and Francis. Together, they are the Goblet Club, dedicated to the study of poisons. They begin to use their potions to rid the school of a plague of rats, but as Mark is drawn deeper in, their thoughts turn to murder…
An intriguing odyssey into a mind of machiavellian delinquency. – John van de Ruit, author of Spud
Watch SA Partridge read from The Goblet Club: