It's 1955 in Kenya, and Thuo is fifteen. His country is at war with the British. Thuo hates his brother, Kungu, because Kungu supports the freedom-fighting Mau Mau, who have brought so much suffering on his family. But will Thuo help Kungu, his Mau Mau brother, in the time of Kungu's greatest need?
Part of the new Fresh Shades series, this book is exciting and fast-paced, keeping within the style of the Shades 2.0 series. It is perfect for reluctant teens who still want an exciting, unpatronising read that is relevant to their interests and concerns, but who don't want to read a longer novel. With a length of only 6,000 words, and filled with drama, this story will appeal to all reluctant teen readers.
Tish Farrell is a freelance writer, local activist and blogger. She completed a degree in Prehistory and Archaelogy at Sheffield and began her writing career following eight years spent in Africa. Her first book 'Jessicah the Mountain Slayer' won 2nd prize at the 1996 Zimbabwe International Book Fair, while her picture book 'Flame Tree Market' picked up first prize. She is passionate about bridging cultures through her work and aims to write stories that explore what makes us human. Tish has also written award-winning short stories and a non-fiction educational series, Write Your Own, as well as being involved in producing exhibition text and guides. She is a member of the Society of Authors and of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.