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. Besides, Ntombi’s keen to have her own fun, especially once she gets the attention of Mzi, one of Harmony High’s hottest boys. But, what secrets are Zakes and Mzi hiding? How many promises will be broken before Ntombi finds out the truth?
Rosamund Haden is a freelance writer and editor. She has written many children’s books as well as teen novels for Cover2Cover’s Harmony High series. She has also written short stories for anthologies, scripts for television, and two adult novels that have been translated. She works as a content developer for the FunDza Literacy Trust.
Title: Broken Promises
Author: Ros Haden
Release date: January 2011
Recommended retail price: R75
“I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know more.”
– Hlengiwe Khumalo”This book should win an award.”
– Zikhona Gwadiso
“This book is about what’s happening in our lives.”
– Asanda Mini and Amanda Kokwana
The Western Cape Education Department has recommended that Broken Promises be read by learners and stocked in school libraries. Click here to read the full review.
The books aren’t just about reading, they speak to the issues that many teens face daily. Learners from Fezeka Secondary School that participate in the Education Without Borders programme have read Broken Promises and said that they learned the following from the book:
“When you have problems, you must talk about them.”
“You must tell yourself, I made promises to succeed in life.”
“Mothers must listen to their children.”
“It’s about our lives.”
“I read it in my spare time.”
“You’re going to love it!”