By Dawn Promislow (Author)

Curriculum Connections
English Language Arts
Social Studies

Told through the eyes of Jacqueline, Wan is a story about privilege, power, and how those elements ripple outward to impact everyone involved. With a gut-wrenchingly honest narrator, this book tells the story of a white artist living comfortably in Johannesburg with her husband and children until the opportunity to house an anti-apartheid activist arises, setting off events that change their lives forever. While this novel does engage with weighty subjects, its short length makes it accessible and leaves time for further research into the broader geopolitical systems mentioned. For readers who need the human element to engage with historical facts, this fictional story could provide a base from which to learn about apartheid and the historical social structures of South Africa. The book could inspire learners to write their own fictional stories based on historical events.

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