As an act of restoring power and agency to young black girls in South Africa, this is a story about a voiceless girl of colour in search of a sound of her own. It provides a catalyst to remind young readers of the power of the sounds trapped inside them.
The Girl Without a Sound by Buhle Ngaba
This story follows the journey of a young girl whose fantastical stories live in her eyes. She has no voice — just a “golden cocoon” humming inside of her throat. Visited by a “red-winged woman” sent from the moon, the two begin the process of finding her voice only to learn that it’s always lived inside of her. It’s a classic tale of learning to love, trust and accept oneself.
The book is also available in isiXhosa and Afrikaans. Please contact us to inquire about availability.