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Nisa Qamar is 11-year-old, and she loves ice cream and books. She has a new spring in her step for the new school year. There’s a new adventure around every corner, and just when she thinks it’s going to be a peaceful year, she catches her younger sister Aisha acting very strangely. Will Nisa ever figure her out?

At a netball tournament, Nisa makes new friend, Jihan, who introduces her to the Rainbow Healers’ Society where she meets new friends. She enters into a whole new world of secret teachings and together, they find hope for the children of Jozi. Now if only she could figure out what’s up with her younger sister, Aisha...

About Shafinaaz Hassim

Shafinaaz Hassim is a South African author, poet and sociologist.

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Set in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands in South Africa, Fenella tells the story of sixteen-year-old Fenella Schmidt orphaned after the tragic death of her parents. Suddenly responsible for her aging penniless grandparents she accepts a job as stud assistant at Caversham Stud. When stud owner Blake Hughes proposes she act as the farm knacker for an increased salary she agrees. But what will Fenella do when the odious Phillip Wentworth of Mountain View Farm send a healthy new born filly to be destroyed?

Join Fenella as she experiences the ups and downs of life on a stud farm and enjoys the excitement and glamour of the racing industry. Meet the horses - good, bad and indifferent - that are part of her life. Laugh at her beautiful companion Brown Dog and get to know the special people that surround her as she encounters greed, romance, suspense and intrigue.

“Fenella”, book one of the trilogy was awarded The Jock of the Bushveld Award for fiction at the Fugard and JM Coetzee Book Festival in 2016 (held at Book Town Richmond).

About Nicola Hayward

Nicola Hayward has written for HQ Magazine and edited their Thoroughbred Pages on behalf of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association and also for International Racehorse Magazine.

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The world is in lockdown, and Jack has been stuck at home for what feels like an eternity. When he discovers a mysterious tunnel under his bed, an amazing adventure unfolds for Jack and his little sister, Lily. Together, they discover a magical forest, stop a powerful crystal from falling into the wrong hands, travel to the ends of the galaxy, and fight a gang of mutant hyenas. Along the way, they are joined by Winston, the Tortoise, and Dougie, a Mole whose superb tunnelling skills might just save the day. Or could the secret weapon be a stinky cheese sandwich stuffed inside a pair of underpants?

About Ben Hewett and Paddy Muldoon

Ben Hewett was born in the UK, but now lives in Cape Town with his wife and two children. He writes, directs and produces wildlife documentaries and TV series for National Geographic, Discovery and Smithsonian Channel.

Paddy Muldoon was born in Ireland and also lives in Cape Town, with his wife and children. He is the creator of the children’s clothing brand, Parental Instinct.

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This is a riveting story of love, betrayal, jealousy, cyber bullying and growing up in the social media era. “Imibala Yothando” (The Colours of Love) explores love in all of its shades, ranging from lightness and purity to the darker shades of jealousy. Sinenhlanhla is navigating being the new girl in school. Sinenhlanhla is ambitious, excels at Maths and swimming. She has no time for all the admirers she has attracted at her new school.

About Dumisani Hlatshwayo

Dumisani Hlatshwayo writes poetry, short stories, and novels predominantly in isiZulu, he also sparsely writes in English and Afrikaans. His first work of fiction to be published was an IsiZulu short story titled Isibhobo by Maskew Millar Longman in 2009 which he wrote when he was only 14 years old.

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Abygale Aardvark and her Wildlife Friends is a carefully researched and invitingly presented book for readers of all ages by well-known South African environmental writer Dr Lynn Hurry.

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Alex’s grandpa has grey hair and false teeth and he loves watching travel shows on television. But then he suddenly develops an interest in … BRAIIINNNSSS! Grandpa is turning into a zombie and if Alex wants to rescue him before the Zombie Squad shows up, he’ll need to come up with a plan (and heaps of broccoli)!

About Jaco Jacobs

Top selling children’s books author Jaco Jacobs uses his characteristic combination of humour and the compassionate portrayal of relationships between family and friends to create yet another bestseller in the making.


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Marnus is moeg daarvoor om in sy twee broers se skadu te leef. Maar toe ’n meisie genaamd Leila hom een oggend vra om ’n petisie teken, is dit die begin van ’n onverwagse avontuur. Marnus beland saam met Leila bo in ’n boom in ’n desperate poging om te keer dat dit afgekap word. En uiteindelik kry Marnus ’n kans om raakgesien te word …

Jaco Jacobs het al meer as 180 boeke vir kleuters, kinders en jong volwassenes. Lees gerus meer oor Jaco deur sy webwerf te besoek


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“The Magic Calabash” contains illustrations by Carey Lee Farbach. It is a delightful story set in the bustling city life of Durban. Langa is a street orphan whose life is brightened by his friendship with a street peddler named Mkulu. Little does he realise that a magical trip inside a calabash is not only a gift but a lesson in life.

About Fiona Khan

Fiona Khan is an award-winning and internationally published author and poet, environmentalist and social entrepreneur. She is also a Global Goodwill Ambassador for Literacy and for her Humanitarian work in South Africa. Fiona is an academic, a writer of many children's book and a motivational speaker. She is also the founder of the Global Forum 4 Literacy. GF4L provides free digital and mobile downloads to countries around the world under the hashtag #ReadingRocks and #Learn2Read2Write.

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“Small Mercies” is set in Pietermaritzburg and it is about an eleven-year-old girl called Mercy who fights to protect her home when a devious property developer tries to steal it from the two dear, elderly and very poor sisters who are her foster mothers. There’s also a social worker who is threatening to remove Mercy from her dotty family and put her in a ‘place of safety’.

Mercy is shy and doesn’t like to draw attention to herself, but when she gets into trouble at school for stealing raffle money, she discovers that she has to speak up for herself. Bees buzz in and out of the story; there is a pet chicken, unexpected treasure, a kind man who talks to statues and lots of ‘un-prescribed singing.’

You’ll have to read it to see how this all fits together…

About Bridget Krone

Bridget Krone was an English teacher for a few years and then started writing English text books for South African schools and also compiled poetry and short story anthologies. Her novel for children, “Small Mercies”, was accepted for publication in America by Catalyst Press as well as by Walker Books in London. It will be available in the USA, UK and commonwealth countries (including South Africa) from February 2020. It’s also available as an audio book and has been translated into Spanish.


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While aimed at being accessible for children, adults will love Cobi Labuschagne's Explore Awesome South African Artists too. This colourful compendium by pioneering fine art academic Cobi Labuschagne, has been designed to introduce kids to the world of South African contemporary art.

With profiles of a wide range of South African artists – among them William Kentridge, Nandipha Mntambo, Billie Zangewa, Blessing Ngobeni and the late David Koloane who were all interviewed by Cobi – and accompanying illustrations by Lauren Mulligan, the book delves into what it is to be an artist. It's a subject that opens up a universe of thoughts and experiences, looking at how individual artistic lives have been shaped and, in many cases, the challenges that a career in art brings and the bravery it often calls for.

About Cobi Labuschagne

Cobi Labuschagne has been part of the FNB JoburgArtFair team for the past 11 years and is the Director of Artlogic. She holds advanced degrees in painting and animation from Michaelis School of Fine Art and Wits University. In 2011 she received a PhD as a doctoral fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research.