Seekers of the Lost Boy
By: Hayes, Taryn
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Set in Cape Town, South Africa, Seekers of the Lost Boy is an adventure that brings a homeschooling family face to face with the atrocities of their apartheid past.
It begins when 12-year-old Simon finds a bottle on the water’s edge during a visit to Muizenberg beach on a cold winter’s day. He brings the bottle home, dreaming of adventures, pirates and hidden treasures, only to have the bottle shatter within minutes of returning home. At first he is dismayed, but his disappointment is soon turned to intrigue when he discovers an envelope in the bottle. It contains a letter written 30 years prior by another 12-year-old school boy from the poverty-stricken Cape Flats. The letter is brief and contains one question: Who is God and does he care about me?
The letter fascinates the Ward family, so they embark on a journey of discovery. Through clues left in the letter, Simon, his mom and his twin 10-year-old siblings, Nic and Kim, find themselves revisiting their country’s apartheid past as they search for their mystery letter-writer.
Seekers of the Lost Boy is mainly for an 8 to 14-year-old audience, but has been thoroughly enjoyed by adults and younger children alike.
“Taryn’s book is brilliant. She has managed to tell a true South African story in a most authentic way. Not only is it South African but it is Capetonian. By this I mean you can almost smell and taste Cape Town in the story. It’s a book that touches on the struggles of a modern homeschooling family, and reaches into South Africa’s dark past to bring a victim of the “then” into the new “now”. All the way through the author manages to convey the idea of a family with a very specific set of values willing to face up to the history of the place where they are growing up. The cherry on the top is that the author never drops the ball and the Gospel shines out clearly in this lovely and touching story. Well done! More please!” – Frank Retief