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Stephen Hawking has co-written a book on the universe - for children!

George's Secret Key to the Universe

George’s Secret Key to the Universe teaches children the basics of astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology and other principles that govern our universe. This book makes science interesting while it teaches children fun and interesting facts about astronomical objects. Stephen Hawking, author of the multi-million copy bestselling A Brief History of Time, and his daughter Lucy explain the universe to readers of all ages. George’s parents, who have always been wary of technology, warn him about their new neighbours: Eric is a scientist and his daughter, Annie, seems to be following in his footsteps. But when George befriends them and Cosmos, their super-computer, he finds himself on a wildly fun adventure, while learning about physics, time and the universe. With Cosmos’s help, he can travel to other planets and a black hole. But what would happen if the wrong people got their hands on Cosmos? George, Annie and Eric aren’t about to find out, and what ensues is a funny adventure that clearly explains the mysteries of science. Garry Parsons’ energetic illustrations add humour and interest, and his scientific drawings add clarity.

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Jou Romeo deur Fanie Viljoen: Gegrond op die tienerrolprentsensasie van die jaar (Plus: Lokprent)

Jou RomeoJou Romeo deur Fanie Viljoen is nou beskikbaar by Tafelberg:

Gegrond op Jou Romeo, die tienerrolprentsensasie van die jaar. Yvette droom al van graad agt af om Shakespeare se Romeo en Juliet in haar matriekjaar op die planke te bring. Maar die hoof het ander planne – die skool se kuns- en kultuurbegroting word gesny en al die geld word vir die T20-kriekettoernooi aangewend. In ’n poging om te verseker dat die produksie steeds plaasvind, vra Yvette die gewildste ou in die skool, die krieketheld Marko Marais, om die rol van Romeo te vertolk.

Oor die outeur

Fanie Viljoen is op 2 Januarie 1970 in Welkom gebore. Hy matrikuleer in 1987 aan die Hoërskool Goudveld in Welkom. Daarna volg twee jaar diensplig in Kimberley, Oshivello en Lohatlha. In 1990 begin hy voltyds by Sanlam werk. Hy skryf in dié tyd in vir ’n deeltydse kursus in grafiese ontwerp en behaal die N6-sertifikaat in 1995 aan die Welkom Kollege. In 2002 volg ’n BA-graad in Sielkunde en Sosiologie aan Unisa.

Fanie se eerste jeugboek Breinbliksem is in 2005 bekroon met goud in die Sanlamprys vir jeuglektuur en dit het ook die MER-prys vir jeuglektuur ontvang. Sy kinderboek, Geraamte in die klas, ontvang in 2007 die MER-prys vir geïllustreerde kinderboeke én ’n ATKV-Woordveertjie. Sy tweede jeugboek, Onderwêreld, word in 2008 met die Sanlamprys vir jeuglektuur (silwer) bekroon.

Sy ander bekende boeke is Miserella (2007), die Klits Kronkel-reeks (2007, 2008) en Die geheime bestanddeel in Petra Pienk se piesangbrood (2008). Fanie woon in Bloemfontein en hy skilder en skryf voltyds.

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What to read this holiday: New Young Adult novels by local authors from NB Publishers

Teenagers and tweens wondering what to read this holiday should look no further!

NB Publishers have released three new Young Adult novels by Cape Town-based authors Helen Brain and Marga Jonker.

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Elevation 1: The Thousand Steps by Helen Brain

16 year old Ebba has never known life outside the underground bunker known as the Colony. In a sudden twist of fate she is elevated to join the elite who enjoy life on the surface in a post-apocalyptic world. But why was she saved and who is the mysterious great aunt who has left her a fortune? The High Priest and his handsome son Hal are especially keen to keep her close, but things are not as they seem. When Ebba learns she has a sacred task to find four lost amulets so that Theia, the Earth Goddess, can regain power and save the Earth from a second and final Calamity, her life changes forever.

The first title in a fast-paced dystopian fiction trilogy set in a futuristic Cape Town.

About the author

Helen Brain was born in Perth and grew up in Durban. She has written over 50 books for children and young adults, as well as a memoir for adults entitled Here Be Lions. Her teen novel, Tamara, won an ATKV prize in 1998. She teaches part time at an international online writing college. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and two dogs.

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Brigadier and the Spirit Pony
Brigadier and the Spirit Pony by Marga Jonker

Gabi, her sister Alexandra and her horse Brigadier have joined their estranged father and his girlfriend for a week’s holiday in the Harkerville forest near Plettenberg Bay. Brigadier has come along to the forest cottage, specifically chosen for its stables and facilities for horses. Gabi meets two local boys who invite her to go riding in the dense forest. But Gabi feels an unease in Brigadier. Is it just because he misses the wide open spaces of Melkbosstrand? Should she have paid more attention to Sibella’s warnings about nightwalkers? And could a week really be long enough to get to know their father, absent from their lives for so many years?

About the author

Marga Jonker hails from the West Coast. She is the author of Sonder Chocolate Charlie (Tafelberg, 2013). Marga teaches part-time at Durbanville Preparatory School. She contributed children’s verse to Nuwe Kinderverseboek (Tafelberg, 2009) and has written texts for a number of published picture books.

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Goodbye, Chocolate Charlie
Goodbye, Chocolate Charlie by Marga Jonker

Set on a stud farm in the Cederberg, Nell and her grandfather await the arrival of her cousin, Colette, and three friends from the girls’ school they attend in Stellenbosch. They will be preparing for the SA National Equestrian Schools event. But Nell doesn’t share their excitement. She just cannot stop reliving her terrible accident on Chocolate Charlie three months ago … how will she ever be able to ride again without fear?

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Cricket and Conquest: The History of South African Cricket Retold - Volume 1 launched at Newlands

Cricket and ConquestCricket South Africa recently (CSA) launched the first volume of a trilogy that represents the authentic history of cricket in South Africa: Cricket and Conquest: The History of South African Cricket Retold, Volume 1: 1795-1914 by Andre Odendaal, Krish Reddy, Christopher Merrett and Jonty Winch.

The first volume spans the period from 1795, when the first references are made to cricket being played in this country, to the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

The other two volumes will continue cricket’s story up to the present day.

“This magnificent work is the result of one of the many resolutions CSA enacted after the Transformation Indaba held in 2013,” commented CSA President, Chris Nenzani. “It is indeed more than a work on cricket as wherever the game was played it has played an important role in social cohesion and overcoming prejudices.

“This book contributes hugely to the rich history of the game we all love and will give everyone who has ever played the game in this country their rightful place in history.

“I would like to congratulate all the contributors to this important work, especially the Editor-in-chief, Professor Andre Odendaal, for this valuable book.”

Watch a video of the launch:

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  • Cricket and Conquest: The History of South African Cricket Retold, Volume 1: 1795-1914 by Andre Odendaal, Krish Reddy, Christopher Merrett and Jonty Winch
    EAN: 9781928246138
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Cover revealed for Marita van der Vyver's new novel to be published early 2017

Marita van der Vyver’s new novel to be published early 2017Marita van der Vyver’s new novel to be published early 2017
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Penguin Random House will be publishing Marita van der Vyver’s 13th novel, You Lost Me, early in 2017 in English and Afrikaans.

The author, who lives in France, will be in South Africa to promote the novel in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria in March and May 2017. Readers will also have the opportunity to see her in Stellenbosch during Woordfees, and at the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

You Lost Me is the story of Willem Prins, a disillusioned South African writer who, after little success, finds himself in Paris to promote an erotic novel he wrote under a pseudonym – to his great embarrassment. It’s here that he meets Jackie, a young South African who works in the city as au pair. The two of them happen to be together on the night that the Paris terror attacks strike.

You Lost Me is contemporary and thrilling; wickedly funny yet poignant. The novel reinforces Van der Vyver’s position as one of the country’s best-loved writers since the publication of her first novel, Entertaining Angels.

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Photograph by Robert Hamblin for Vrouekeur

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Book Launch: #LoveReading: Short stories, poems, blogs and more! meet our young authors - with guest speaker Nancy Richards

#LoveReading: Short stories, poems, blogs and more!A collection of blogs, stories, poems and articles. to get you thinking, talking, laughing – and crying.

Join Nancy Richards and meet some of the young writers whose disparate voices have already got the nod from over 60 000 readers on FunDza’s mobi website. FunDza’s mobi site is an online platform visited regularly by young South Africans looking for something fresh to feed their reading habit – and Cover2Cover’s anthology is a selection of the FunDza writing. It’s a way of spreading the love of reading even further.

Cover2Cover and FunDza have already published four Big Ups! anthologies of short stories, with #LoveReading being anthology number 5. But we’ve noticed that non-fiction articles have sparked a lot of virtual discussion among readers on FunDza’s mobi site, and poetry is popular too – which is where the idea of a selection of mixed writing came from. There’s a mix of new and previously published writers to enjoy – and we’re are hoping that this collection will inspire young people all over the country to #LoveReading!

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