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The harmony High Series

The series follows the lives of a group of teenagers attending a fictional township high school – Harmony High. The stories reflect their choices, struggles and triumphs. The paperbacks can fit into a pocket! Chapters are short and the language is accessible. Plots are built on tension and excitement. Harmony High books are positive, but not preachy. They are teen ‘soapies’ guaranteed to get young people hooked on reading…

Ta Siks wants to provide for his nephew Fundile – but on a cleaner’s salary there is no chance of that. That’s why he turns to the world of crime, and gets involved in the drug trade.
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Themba is unhappy. His beloved brother has died, 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 at home, leaving Themba to make his own way.
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Soccer is the most important in Zinzi’s life and she training for the upcoming inter-club tournament. But her school marks are dropping. When her mother insists she stop training and does extra lessons with the creepy Mr Mase, she’s terrified that she’ll be dropped from the team. There’s something else wrong too …
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Lelethu has always dreamed of the big city. She’s excited to arrive in Cape Town, but soon finds out that things are not as she imagined. Her aunt treats her like a servant and her cousin is unfriendly.
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Pholisa is coming to make a fresh start in Cape Town with her older brother Masi. Her old friend Lelethu is there to welcome her to Harmony High, where she meets the lovely Lazola, and romance is in the air …
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Mzi wants one thing: revenge. He is full of hatred and anger for his old girlfriend Ntombi and her new boyfriend Olwethu. It was their fault that he was arrested for being part of Zakes’ carjacking gang. But now to stay out of jail Mzi can’t make one wrong move.
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Busi is pregnant with Parks’ baby. Her granny is sick, there is no money for food, and her mother is still in Jozi. Her friends are supportive, but they don’t understand how lonely it feels to be pregnant while they are out partying. She knows she should forget Parks, but she can’t.
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Ntombi travels to Jozi for the finals of the Teen Voice competition. But it is not a bed of roses. She has left her boyfriend, Olwethu in Cape Town. Her jealous little sister Zinzi is out to make trouble while she’s away.
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Pholisa is coming to make a fresh start in Cape Town with her older brother Masi. Her old friend Lelethu is there to welcome her to Harmony High, where she meets the lovely Lazola, and romance is in the air …
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Ntombi’s mom is out all the time with a new man, Zakes, leaving Ntombi to lookafter her little sister Zinzi. So Ntombi is missing practices for SA’s “Teen Voice” competition and the auditions are getting closer.
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Tested on teens….rated “Readilicious”.

 

“This series is sparking a reading revolution”.

More comments and praise...

Here’s some recent feedback from a teacher using some of our books in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay: “These students devour the books, love them, discuss them, internalise them, learn from them! It is opening their mind and they just Cannot Stop reading at all!”.

Ben Henderson, of the Rattray Foundation in KZN, says: “You seem to have hit a winning formula.”

The principal of Siyanda says “the kids are so enthusiastic about the books they are not even waiting to return them to the library before passing them on … your books have started what we hope will be a revolution.”

Sisipho Makambi loved Soccer Secrets: “Whew! That was breathtaking! I could literally see the story play out in front of my eyes.”

The Shadow Chasers Series

A trilogy that weaves African traditional folklore into a modern day quest.  A feisty taxi boss’s daughter and her quirky friend enter the dreamworld and pit themselves against an army of shadows.

Nom is an outsider at school. When she and Zithembe become friends, life still seems ̶ well ̶ a little ordinary. But when an army of monsters threatens their world, it’s all up to the two of them … and the start of a journey into the dreamworld on a quest that will change their lives.
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Zithembe has to find his knife to rescue his mother from the evil Army of Shadows. His friend Nom and cousin Rosy put their lives at risk to help him.

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“Deliciously creepy, fast, fun and a blast to read. Get this for the reluctant reader in your life right now!”

Sarah Lotz, author of Day Four and The Three

 

Soccer Season

An exciting action series set in a soccer club that is a melting pot for teens from different backgrounds with one thing in common – love of the beautiful game.
Lunga is excited to join the Sandview Soccer Club. But he is disappointed when he is only selected for the D team – he knows his father will see this as a failure, especially as there are girls on the team and the coach is a woman.
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Mondli is captain of Sandview A Under 17 and is doing his best to lead his team. But when the competing demands of home and team cause clashes in his life, Mondli realises just what leadership is really about.

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“I think the book is fantastic and I loved it. It’s awesome and I think it could be one of my favourite series.”

Thabiso Molekwa

Young Adult Trade

Cover2Cover has started a new trade fiction division. It is very pleased to be publishing the work of exciting new South African writers, such as Sonwabiso Ngcowa alongside new work by best-selling novelist Dianne Case.

An anthology of short fiction, poetry, narrative journalism and extracts from novels and memoirs which frames local literature as a lens through which to engage with South Africa’s past. The collection was put together and edited by Equal Education.

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Teenage Adam obeys the rules and dreams big, of real soccer boots and of playing for South Africa one day. Jasmine, his twin sister, is street-smart and lives by her own rules.
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“I need to protect Mum and Dad to take on their pain, but I don’t know how to. I am not a hero like my Dad and my Mum. I am not as brave. The world is a threatening place…”
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Anthologies

Cover2Cover, in association with The FunDza Literacy Trust, is publishing anthologies of short stories originally published on FunDza’s Mobi network.

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“Ow, mahn. What a lovely story with a strong message …”

Yonela N.

FunDza brings you a collection of its most popular short stories given Big Ups by FunDza fans. What does true courage really mean? How does a shy guy get the right girl? Who can you really trust? These are just a few of the challenges facing characters in these exciting stories by some of Southern Africa’s top authors.
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FunDza celebrates young writers. Between June and December 2013, five of South Africa’s best authors teamed up with five talented young writers to bring you this anthology of fast-paced, exciting short stories. From romance and heartache, to mystery and crime, these stories have something thrilling for every reader.
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FunDza brings you a second collection of its most popular short stories given Big Ups by FunDza fans. What does it feel like being bullied because you are different? Can a nerd get his dream girl? Should one marry for love or money? What would you do if you found a zombie in your back yard? To find out, read these exciting stories written specially for young South Africans by a range of Southern African authors.
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FunDza celebrates young writers. Between June and December 2013, five of South Africa’s best authors teamed up with five talented young writers to bring you this anthology of fast-paced, exciting short stories. From romance and heartache, to mystery and crime, these stories have something thrilling for every reader.
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FunDza brings you a third collection of its most popular short stories given BIG UPS by FunDza fanz. A girl who is mocked because she is albino, a family who gets rich and neglects their old neighbours, a blind date with a twist, a teen ghost-fighter, a haunted house- these all appear in the latest set of FunDza’s fabulous stories written by some of our favourite authors.
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FunDza celebrates young writers. Between June and December 2013, five of South Africa’s best authors teamed up with five talented young writers to bring you this anthology of fast-paced, exciting short stories. From romance and heartache, to mystery and crime, these stories have something thrilling for every reader.

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Cover2Cover has just published FunDza’s 4th collection of popular short stories given Big Ups by FunDza fans. This anthology contains a wide array of exciting stories from crime to romance, horror to comedy. With identifiable characters and exciting plots, Big Ups! 4 makes reading interesting and fun.
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Here is a collection of blogs, stories, poems, and articles to get you thinking, talking, laughing – and crying. These popular pieces have been selected from FunDza’s mobi site. Each piece also has discussion and writing activities for reading clubs and classes

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School Literature

Contemporary novels for second language English readers.

As soon as Zolani felt safe enough he stepped out from behind the tree and walked quickly and quietly across the open veld towards the building. As he moved closer, he ran from shadow to shadow, until he reached the warehouse. He was horrified by what he saw…
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When 16 year-old Lufuno leaves Jozi to start a new life in Cape Town with her family, she is running from her past. She doesn’t realise it’s about to get even tougher.
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I live in Alex. It’s a place that never sleeps. Cops, nurses and lovers live here, foreigners from war-torn countries, and the unemployed brothers of mothers. It’s everything to me, my mother and father, my auntie and my uncle. The only other place I could live – is space.
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Athol Fugard’s only novel, Tsotsi, is a powerful and turbulent story set in the 1950s. A Sophiatown gangster, Tsotsi stalks the streets, leaving pain and terror in his wake. Dangerous and deprived, he treats life as it has always treated him, until a chance encounter brings about a strange redemption.
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Babalwa could not stop crying. Her whole body shuddered with quiet sobs. Everything had gone wrong. She wished she was a different person who didn’t make the worst choices possible. She wished she had never come to Cape Town. That was when it had all started…
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Rights Booklets

These short stories bring human rights to life in an engaging and accessible way.

Antonia is falling in love with Andile. But in class, during a Life Orientation lesson on religion, things start to go seriously wrong.
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Safe at last … or so Mhlali thinks. But she soon discovers there is nowhere to hide.
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Lethabo is the only black player in his school’s first rugby team in a conservative platteland town. When he is unexpectedly made captain, things get violent. How will everything play out?

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The landlord wants them out, gangsters are threatening to hijack the building and Pheliswa is terrified that that they will be on the streets, homeless. How is she going to keep a roof over their heads?
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Cebo and his siblings are orphans. Their landlord forces Cebo to do dangerouswork. How can he say ‘no’ and still keep his home?

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Speaking out about abuse, or protecting her younger brother – Liyebone knows from bitter experience that it’s not always easy to know the right thing to do
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Sipho is desperate to fit in at his new school. Some Grade 11 boys offer him friendship but in return for what?

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Nzwaki’s husband is up to no good. Where is he getting so much money from? Is he having an affair? When she finds out the shocking truth she has to make the most difficult decision of her life.
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Resources

Activity books provide teachers and reading group assistants with ideas on how to use the books in the classroom.

The Harmony High Activity Book provides teachers and reading group assistants with ideas on how to use the book to develop students’ reading, writing, thinking and speaking skills. They include contextual questions and discussions, debating topics, writing activities and other exercises based on the books in the Harmony High series.

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Other Languages

Publications available in other official South African languages.

Cover2Cover Books is delighted to announce the publication of an anthology of short stories written in isiXhosa, Akusayi Kuphinda, by emerging author Sonwabiso Ngcowa. Sonwabiso’s first novel, In Search of Happiness, was published by us in 2014, and a translation of the novel was also published in Germany.

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