Annotations for Soccer Fence : A Story of Friendship, Hope and Apartheid in South Africa


Baker & Taylor
Each time Hector watches white boys playing soccer in Johannesburg, he dreams of playing on a real pitch one day and after the fall of apartheid, when he sees the 1996 African Cup of Nations team, he knows that his dream can come true.

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Baker & Taylor
Each time Hector watches white boys playing soccer in Johannesburg, South Africa, he dreams of playing on a real pitch one day and after the fall of apartheid, when he sees the 1996 African Cup of Nations team, he knows that his dream can come true.

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Baker & Taylor
Prevented by apartheid him from playing the sport he loves with the white boys on the other side of town, young Hector rejoices years later when Nelson Mandela is released from prison, apartheid begins to dissipate and South Africa's first soccer team wins the African Cup of Nations. Illustrated by the creator of Hope for Haiti.

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Penguin Putnam
In a country struggling with acceptance, hope can come in many different forms.

As a boy, Hector loved playing soccer in his small Johannesburg township. He dreamed of playing on a real pitch with the boys from another part of the city, but apartheid made that impossible. Then, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison, and apartheid began to crumble. The march toward freedom in South Africa was a slow one, but when the beloved Bafana Bafana national soccer team won the African Cup of Nations, Hector realized that dreams once impossible could now come true.

This poignant story of friendship artfully depicts a brief but critical moment in South Africa's history and the unique role that sports can play in bringing people together.


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