The Year the Gypsies Came

Linzi Glass

Henry Holt and Co.

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Set in apartheid South Africa, this powerful and lyrically written novel is Linzi Glass’s debut.

As twelve-year-old Emily Iris explains it, her mother and father have always been eager to take in travelers and vagabonds, relying on the presence of outsiders to ease the tension between them. Emily has her gentle older sister, Sarah, and Buza, the old Zulu nightwatchman, for company and comfort. But her parents’ continuing discontent leads them to welcome some peculiar strangers.

One spring, a family of wanderers—a wildlife photographer, his wife, and two boys—comes to stay, and their strange, compelling, and dangerous presence will leave the Iris family infinitely changed.



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"A spring visit from a vagabond family ends in disaster for two white girls and their family in apartheid South Africa in 1966. Twelve-year-old tomboy Emily lives in Johannesburg with her older sister Sarah and their self-absorbed, sparring parents. Emily compares her family to Johannesburg-an illusion held together with dust. Ignored by her selfish mother and detached father, Emily turns to the old Zulu night watchman Buza, who comforts her with his stories of courage and strength. Out of nowhere, the rootless Mallorys arrive in their bedraggled camping trailer, bringing danger and discontent. Emily and Sarah are soon distracted with ragamuffin Streak and retarded Otis Mallory. But Emily feels "cracked . . . in too many pieces" when she discovers her mother is having an affair and suspects Mr. Mallory is abusing Otis. Tragically, Emily's world is torn apart, but Buza helps provide the glue that holds her together. Subtle parallels between Emily's family and apartheid South Africa provide great depth and meaning to this somber, sensitive, exquisitely narrated story for mature readers. (glossary of Afrikaans and Zulu words and expressions) (Fiction. YA)" -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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Linzi Glass

Linzi Glass was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to the United States as a young adult. She lives in California.

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The Year the Gypsies Came
Linzi Glass

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IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book, NYPL Books for the Teen Age

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
March 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805079999
ISBN10: 0805079998
Young Adult Fiction
5.5 x 8.25 inches, 272 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 930L

$16.95
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