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Book Excerpt: Solomon’s Story by Judy Froman

Soloman's StorySolomon’s Story by Judy Froman is a youth novel based on the true story of Solomon Mahlangu, an apartheid-era hero who met with a tragic end. In the book, Solomon refuses to accept his circumstances and chooses to fight for change, living life in exile as a member of ANC’s armed force, Umkhonto we Sizwe.

Today we bring you an excerpt of the book from Chapter 1:

In those days, I think you could say that I was just an apple seller. I was selling apples at Denneboom train station in Mamelodi. I was there every day. Every day you could see me there. I was always there. I was there from five o’clock in the morning. I was there before the dogs had barked and the roosters crowed. I was there before the sun had even peeped through the dark curtains in the sky. I was there before the first traveller was there. I was there. First. Alone. Cold. Very cold. I would try to make myself warm. I would blow hot air into my cold, tightly cupped hands, but sometimes the air inside me also was too cold.

I used to walk there every day from my home, Section H, 2445 Mamelodi West, about 3 kilometres, in my brown takkies that maybe once were white. My toes stuck out of the holes I cut in the front of them long ago. I couldn’t feel my toes. They couldn’t feel the icy cement floor of the train platform. They couldn’t feel anything. Like my heart. It also did not feel.

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