Frankie and Stankie by Barbara Trapido

Frankie and Stankie

Barbara Trapido

A very funny and vivid account of growing up - relive the joys of sibling rivalry and the agonies of school. What an insight into living with the gradual and insidious encroachment of apartheid!

Extract

Native girl or koelie? The question is taking quite a while to reach Dinah because of her position in the circle, so she is able to suss that everyone would prefer a native girl to make her sandwiches rather than a koelie.
'I'd like a native girl to make my sandwiches,' Dinah says.
Koelies are inherently more threatening than natives. Koelies are a plague in our midst. The girls talk about koelies just as if they were like cockroaches.

Parallels
  • Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • Juggling by Barbara Trapido
  • Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo