Profile of author Griffin Shea:
Griffin Shea owns Bridge Books, an independent bookstore in downtown Johannesburg. The store’s focus is on African literature, and on finding new ways of getting books to readers. He also founded the African Book Trust, which gives new, local books to schools and libraries. Before opening Bridge Books, Griffin worked as a journalist for 15 years, mostly with the international news agency AFP. He is currently working on a PhD in Publishing Studies at Wits.
Never Mashamba’s 12th birthday couldn’t go worse. His father, the scientific genius Dr. Mashamba, is shot and wounded by poachers. But the criminals are really after the hybrid rhino calf Sipho, which his father crossbred against all odds.
The Mashambas must flee Zimbabwe for a game farm in South Africa, where Dr Mashamba can recuperate and Sipho can get the care he needs. Never soon realises that Sipho is in danger, but his father doesn’t pay attention to his fears.
Who exactly is after Sipho the rhino calf, and why? Can Never trust his new friends, Becks and Dumisani? And what does a mysterious Ganesh pendant — the only thing Never has from his birth family — have to do with all this?