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Get the year off to a good start by reading about everyday heroes doing great things.

Child Magazine editor Anél Lewis shares her three favourite stories about ordinary people (and a werewolf) who go on to do great things.

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Cheslin Kolbe – Road to Glory
Jeremy Daniel
Jonathan Ball Publishers

The inspirational story of how Cheslin Kolbe, a “kid from Kraaifontein”, made it into the Springbok team that went on to win the 2019 World Cup. Known for his signature sidestep move, this small player with the big heart is one the South Africa’s much-loved sporting heroes. This book will delighted readers aged 10 to 14. It is the eighth book in the Road to Glory series that looks at local sporting legends who have became national and international stars.


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Little Monsters
David Walliams
Harper Collins

Bestselling author David Walliams delights with this monstrously funny book about a small werewolf with a big problem. Everyone knows that werewolves are supposed to be scary. Howler is expelled from Monster School because he can’t make a scary face. He is only able to make peace with who he is, once he finds new friends. This rollicking tale is one to read out loud to younger children. They will love the beautiful illustrations by Adam Stower.

Everything is Going to Be K.O.
Kaiya Stone
Head of Zeus

Irreverent and heartfelt, Everything is going to be K.O. is a memoir of living with learning difficulties. Author Kaiya Stone is unfailingly honest in this account of her struggles with dyslexia and dyspraxia. “I found myself lost. I simply couldn’t do what everyone else could,” she explains. After her diagnosis at university, Kaiya goes on to perform a one-woman show about her journey. This is an uplifting book that reminds us that being different is not a barrier to success.

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