The Power of One

The Power of One

Book - 2005
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Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and the boxing ring, with help from a chicken, a boxer, a pianist, black African prisoners, and many others.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2005]
Edition: Young readers' condensed ed. --
ISBN: 9780385902748
0385902743
Branch Call Number: FIC Court 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 291 p

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peacebenow
Apr 19, 2017

Wonderful book about a boy who learns about life, his strengths, abilities and how to help others in a big way!

AL_RACHEL Jan 25, 2017

Excellent story. I loved the boxing scenes. Peekay is a precocious and attentive character and it was such a joy to follow him through the pages of his life in apartheid South Africa.

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thinkpositive680
Aug 12, 2016

Very inspiring and emotional but I loved it. I reference back to it all the time. :)

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maddie_grace3
Jul 16, 2016

This book is an amazing read, though it is a long story it is filled with intriguing detail and a twisting plot line. If you enjoy a packed book to keep you busy (especially over a holiday or vacation) this book is definitely worth looking at. I absolutely loved this book!

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Tracey Devine
Jun 05, 2016

Finally read this celebrated novel, absolutely loved it, looking forward to the movie......

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LexiLou2
Feb 06, 2016

I couldn't finish this novel. I was intrigued by the reviews of many people, but I found the pace too slow with too much detail. I also was turned off by the boxing theme.

I liked getting some insight into the Boers vs. Afrikaans.

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camillebenoit
Jul 12, 2015

This book is an enchanting story of a little boy growing up in South Africa during the rise of Hitler. If, like me, you've ever wanted to learn more about the recent 20th Century history of South Africa this book delivers a well-told story through the lense of historical fiction. A lovely summer read!

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amandahtYYC
Nov 20, 2014

This book is always the first book I think of when I am asked about my favourite book. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get a hold of a copy!

gailsusan Feb 18, 2014

I loved this book! Courtenay is a great writer who tells a great story that is almost totally believable. Is there anyone else, though, who did not love the very ending. I could not picture Peekay having it in him to cut the swastika from the Judge's arm. Any comments?

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galactickim
Jan 24, 2014

Started off really enjoying this book, but then it got old. I stopped reading it about half way through. Perhaps I was more disappointed than I should have been because of the hype about the book. It just didn't keep me interested enough to keep reading - long-winded.

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thinkpositive680
Aug 12, 2016

thinkpositive680 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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labellasorella
Jun 12, 2013

labellasorella thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

bidbid Jul 18, 2011

bidbid thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Lauren Jul 21, 2008

Lauren thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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labellasorella
Jun 12, 2013

Sexual Content: Peekay goes through puberty for a couple of pages.

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labellasorella
Jun 12, 2013

Violence: There are deaths and there is fighting.

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labellasorella
Jun 12, 2013

Coarse Language: Tolerable language; not anything people haven't heard before.

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labellasorella
Jun 12, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A lot of emotion involved, creating an intensity that suits life.

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labellasorella
Jun 12, 2013

A young, white British boy is put into a boarding school full of white, Dutch boys. He is greatly mistreated and has no friends except grandpa Chook. Peekay never speaks of his true name. This is because Peekay took the power away from his bullies by making that cruel speech his name. As Peekay grows up, he discovers his power of one through all of his experiences.

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Mr_Goodbytes
Jul 12, 2012

In 1939, as Hitler cast his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, hatred of a similar kind took root in South Africa, where the seeds of apartheid were newly sown. There a boy called Peekay was born. He spoke the wrong language -- English, the language spoken by those who had sent the Afrikaners to the world's first concentration camps during the Boer War. He was suckled by a woman of the wrong color -- black, the color of fear and disdain. His childhood was marked by humiliation and abandonment. Yet he vowed to survive -- he would become welterweight champion of the world, he would dream heroic dreams.

But his dreams were nothing compared to what awaited him. For he embarked on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice, where he would learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the mystical power that would sustain him even when it appeared that villainy would rule the world: the power of one.

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Mr_Goodbytes
Jul 12, 2012

I only English, the infected tongue that had spread like a plague into the sacred land and contaminated the pure, sweet waters of Afrikanerdom . . . I spoke the language that had pronounced the sentences that had killed their grandfathers and sent their grandmothers to the world's first concentration camps, where they had died like flies . . . the sins of the fathers had been visited upon the sons, unto the third generation. I was infected.

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