Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Zulu Dog

Zulu Dog

A Picture Book

Anton Ferreira

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)




An honest and compassionate look at post-apartheid South Africa

Vusi, an eleven-year-old Zulu boy growing up in poverty in rural South Africa, is enchanted by the helpless puppy he finds in the bush. He names it Gillette for its razor-sharp teeth and hides it from his mother, who disapproves of bush dogs as pets. His devotion to Gillette only grows stronger after the puppy is mauled by a leopard and loses a leg. But as boy and dog play carefree games, storm clouds are gathering over Vusi's family - ruthless rival taxi owners are trying to drive his father out of business. While Vusi and Gillette learn to hunt together, they meet the daughter of a neighboring white farmer. Gillette becomes the catalyst for their unlikely friendship, which has a decisive impact on the fate of Vusi's whole family - and the larger community.

A starkly realistic story set against the backdrop of the country's tortured racial history, Zulu Dog holds out the hope that a new generation of South Africans can create a better future for their land.

Zulu Dog is a 2003 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Zulu Dog

THERE IS NO BETTER TIME to be alive than in the hour before dawn in Msinga, when a full moon lights the raw African landscape of craggy hills, flat-topped thorn trees, and flowing water in the heart...


Praise for Zulu Dog

“Two children and a dog offer a tentative hope for a strife-ridden, modern South Africa . . . Vusi is a meticulously drawn character, whose singleminded adoration of his dog is universal, but whose beliefs and concerns are uniquely Zulu . . . Offers a glorious description of, as well as a valuable insight into, a part of the world that probably has never hit the radar screen of most young readers. A historical note precedes the story, contexualizing the tensions presented within.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Anton Ferreira

Anton Ferreira was born in Zambia and grew up there and in South Africa. He has been a foreign correspondent with Reuters for the last twenty years, and Zulu Dog is his first book. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Anton Ferreira

Anton Ferreira

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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