Never Say Never

2012 First Place Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature: Kenya
Publisher: 
Longhorn Publishers

Anthony Mugo's Never Say Never is a compelling story of a teenager's quest for education under the most difficult conditions. Daniel Muthini Njoki, the son of a poor, single mother, is arrested and taken to a remand home in Murang'a, then to Getathuru Reception Centre. He is subsequently transferred to other approved schools: Kericho, Othaya, and finally Kabete, where he sits and passes the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. The doors to a university are now open. Although he is an innocent inmate, and although textual evidence points in the direction of the mother, the question of who engineered his arrest is part of what makes this work so unputdownable. The sum total is a superlatively well-written novel about the difficulties, the challenges, and the hopes of getting an education in Kenya.

Author: Anthony Mugo graduated from Moi University in 2001 with a BA in Economics. His two stories entited Too Innocent to Die and Not a Drop won the National Book Development Council of Kenya (NDBCK) Prize for Budding Writers in 2009 and 2010 respectively. He lives in Nairobi with his wife and two children.

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Anthony Mugo's Never Say Never is a compelling story of a teenager's quest for education under the most difficult conditions. Daniel Muthini Njoki, the son of a poor, single mother, is arrested and taken to a remand home in Murang'a, then to Getathuru Reception Centre. He is subsequently transferred to other approved schools: Kericho, Othaya, and finally Kabete, where he sits and passes the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. The doors to a university are now open. Although he is an innocent inmate, and although textual evidence points in the direction of the mother, the question of who engineered his arrest is part of what makes this work so unputdownable. The sum total is a superlatively well-written novel about the difficulties, the challenges, and the hopes of getting an education in Kenya.

Author: Anthony Mugo graduated from Moi University in 2001 with a BA in Economics. His two stories entited Too Innocent to Die and Not a Drop won the National Book Development Council of Kenya (NDBCK) Prize for Budding Writers in 2009 and 2010 respectively. He lives in Nairobi with his wife and two children.

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