Burns, however, knows that it was more than a fit; he can see it in Sky’s terrified eyes. And it is true – Sky had a terrifying vision of blood and he forewarns his friends to stay away from the BreinBliksem festival.
Despite Sky’s warning the three guys take to the road. Along the way they pick up Partygirl, who is also on her way to the festival. Partygirl with the black T-shirt, cherry red lips, blue-blue eyes and a skin like vanilla yogurt. There is an immediate connection between Burns and Partygirl. Later that evening, alone in their tent, they strip the clothes off one another while the rock music blasts from the stage, echoing in the distance.
But then something unexpected happens, betraying the trust Burns has in his friends. His world gets turned on its head that night as one of the boys emerges from the tent with blood on his hands. And nothing would ever be the same again.
BreinBliksem is a hard-hitting novel that caused a stir in the Afrikaans youth literature market. The magazine Insig (Insight) described it as “Trainspotting in Bloemfontein”. It won both the Sanlam prize for youth literature (Gold) 2005 and the M.E.R. prize for youth literature 2006. Judges for the competitions called the novel a tour de force.
Published in Afrikaans by Tafelberg publishers.
Winner of the Gold Sanlam prize for youth literature (2005) and the M.E.R. prize for youth literature (2006)
Pages: 116 with no illustrationsRead an Afrikaans review of BreinBliksem
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Miserella’s life is – well, totally miserable. There is only one thing left for her to do: she occasionally starts slipping out of the castle in search of a new life in a strange city; a life that she desperately tries to hide from the others. She falls in love with Carlo, the boy with the sad look in his eyes.
Things are changing in the castle as well: Juvenis finds a mysterious key that unlocks a water filled room with a dark hidden secret. Tutella, the castle ghost, informs Miserella that there is another ghost in the castle, and it is not Mortallus!
Will the evil Mortallus finally rise from the ashes?
Will all the hidden secrets of the castle and its residents be revealed?
Will Miserella find the love she is yearning for?
Published in Afrikaans by Human & Rousseau publishers.
Pages: 228 with no illustrations
Eckardt initiates Greg into the world of computer hacking. The author has done extensive research on hacking and this, together with a well written and well conceptualized storyline, makes for a thrilling read.
Published in Afrikaans by Tafelberg Publishers.
Winner of the Silver Sanlam prize for youth literature (2007) and ATKV Woordveertjie youth literature award (2009)
Pages: 201 with no illustrations
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