Article Title

The Hidden Star


Maryn Wheeler


Excellent, Intermediate, Young Adult, Magical Realism, South Africa, Quest, Myth, Folklore, Good vs Evil

Document Type

Book Review


In a shack in Phola, a suburb of Johannesburg, lives eleven-year-old Nolitye, a girl whose nickname is “Keeper of the Stone.” She as the ability to speak to the township’s dogs and loves to collect stones. She soon realizes her hobby could save her family. One piece of stone she finds has magical powers. She must find the other five pieces to prevent Ncitjana, The Mean One, and his helpers from causing anymore evil. Nolitye and her two friends embark on a quest to find the pieces of stone, cross over to the underworld to defeat Ncitjana, and reunite her family.