From boys to men is a collaboration between Sonke Gender Justice Network and Cover2Cover Books, and is informed by Sonke’s ‘One Man Can’ campaign. Londi Gamedze, from Sonke, and Dorothy Dyer from Cover2Cover, worked together to write the novel.
Both Sonke and Cover2Cover work for positive social change in South Africa. Fiction offers a creative and unthreatening way to raise issues and challenges that face society. The book explores issues of gender-based violence and masculinity in an accessible and moving way, and also touches on the topic of male medical circumcision as a way to prevent the spread of HIV and Aids.
Like all Harmony High novels, the book reflects the real-life issues and choices facing teens, with messages that are positive but not preachy. It is also a pacy and exciting read.
About the book
Themba is unhappy. His beloved brother passed away, and now his mother is making him do his matric year at Harmony High, far away from his old home and friends. What’s more, his mother now spends all her time drinking, leaving Themba to make his own way. Then he meets the gorgeous Lettie and even tough guy Prince befriends him at school. But how far is Themba prepared to go to be part of Prince’s gang? And when Lettie is threatened by rival gangsters, Themba has to make some of the most difficult decisions of his life.
Readers do not have to have read any other Harmony High books to enjoy this one, but those familiar with the series will find old friends popping up in the pages.
Other titles in the Harmony High series are Broken Promises, Jealous in Jozi, Sugar Daddy, Too young to die and Two-faced friends.
Click here to read an interview with co-author Londi Gamedze.