‘Shadow Chasers book 1: Powers of the Knife’ Bookchat review

“POWERS OF THE KNIFE : Shadow Chasers, Book 1 by Bontle Senne (Cover2Cover 2016)

Fascinating! Set in today’s world where the Trouble Gurlz reckon they rule the school and taxi drivers rule much of the rest, Nom has a magic knife which sets her (with her friend Zithembe) in opposition to the shadows. They come from the dreamworld where an army of monsters is waiting to break through. With the magic knife and some African magic, the two 12-year-olds find the first of the Shadow Chasers and start what is going to be a vital conflict. Short, agitated prose within a carefully limited vocabulary, this is strong scary stuff. Written for upper primary readers, with clear print, a few helpful drawings and an eye-catching cover.”

-Jay Heale


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