by Jenny Robson
illustrations by Sandy Mitchell
Everything seems ordinary about new pupil, Tommy MacAdan: standard issue school tracksuit, standard brown eyes. Everything excepting the red-and-orange striped balaclava which stays firmly on. Dumisani and Doogal -a.k.a. the Doo Dudes- are bemused and are soon on a mission to find out what the new pupil is all about and exactly what they're hiding underneath that face helmet. Intrigued, Tommy's classmates nevertheless protect him when older school bullies try to remove his balaclava. Set in a multiracial South African classroom. Funny, lively and with an unexpected, fiendish, narrative twist which smartly knocks down a whole wall of lazy assumptions... 'I love this book. Great characters and lovely story' (Deborah, Lecturer in EY Education, LL reviewer). 'A delightfully undidactic fable of tolerance and acceptance' (Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times; Best Books of 2014 for Children & Young People). Age 7-10, Paperback 78pp
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