Small Mercies

By Bridget Krone

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.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406391800
  • Published: 06 Feb 2020
  • Price: £6.99
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  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 320

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'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

'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

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