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Anele Dingane is the stubborn and rebellious nine-year-old sister of fifteen-year-old twins, Thaka and Zhana. Their father, Naboto Dingane, was the Zulu chief of the village. He had always warned them that “Until you marry, you will obey me in every way, or I'll take a stick to you.” What the girls didn't know was that this warning was for their own protection. Thaka and Zhana wanted to leave the security of their homeland to work on the Hallworthy estate, the place where their ancestors were once enslaved. Anele heard about her sisters’ plot and wanted to join them, and reluctantly they allowed it. Little did they know that history would repeat itself. Lord Alan Hallworthy, the grandson of Lord Nigel of the Hallworthy estate, had deception in his heart when he met the Dingane girls. He felt that he wasn't getting the respect due to him so he decided to exert his power in a haughty, arrogant fashion. Once Anele saw Lord Alan kill her sisters, she began to regret going against her father's warnings and wished she was home again.
In Rented Silence: The Birthplace of Slavery (African Freedom Series) by Lucia Mann, you will get a historical education about the deception, brutality, and suffering of the Zulu people that were once free. Historical books like Rented Silence are always great to have because we need to remember the past. It is the past that helps to strengthen and prepare us for the future. As I continued to read Rented Silence, it displayed how one action spins off another, our past affects our future. As Anele became a woman, she suffered a lot - from becoming enslaved by Lord Alan and being left barren to experiencing the deaths of her sisters. However, Anele was able to save Shiya’s life and that of her daughter, Brianna. How will this noble deed be rewarded? Get a copy of Rented Silence to find out.