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Mercy needs to stand up for herself. She also needs a miracle.
Eleven-year-old Mercy lives with her eccentric foster aunts - two elderly sisters so poor they can afford only one lightbulb. A nasty housing developer is eyeing their house, which suddenly starts falling apart - just as Aunt Flora does, too. She's forgetting words, names and even how to behave in public. Mercy tries to keep her head down at school but when a classmate frames her for stealing the school's raffle money, Mercy's teachers decide to take a closer look at her home life. With the help of a neighbour, Mr Singh, who teaches Mercy about Gandhi and his principles of passive resistance, Mercy finds a tool that can help solve her problems. But first, like Gandhi, she needs to stand up for herself. She also needs a miracle. And to summon it she has to find her voice and tell the truth - and that truth is neither pure nor simple.
A book that already feels like a classic, Small Mercies holds a strong message for children today. Full of heart, it will shine among the best children's literature for years to come.
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the main story arch highlights the importance of telling the truth, it also covers race, bullying, poverty, mental health, friendship and community. * Highway Mail * Small Mercies is a children's classic in the making ... it is a gently humorous delight. Satisfying, tender, funny and kind, this novel, as several other reviewers have noted, lingers after you turn the last page. - Featured in an interview with Bridget Crone in The Witness. * The Witness * This poignant, charming, perfect gem of a novel has the wonderfully timeless feel of a classic although it is set in modern-day, post-apartheid South Africa, in the City of Pietermaritzburg, the author's home. It's a small book with an uplifting message of love and community that resonates in our troubled times. * The Buffalo News *