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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.

Elevation 1
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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