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Gold winner (English category) Sanlam Prize for Youth Literature 2009 Katie Holmes, aged 17, lives with her adoptive mother, the housekeeper of a fabulous house in Camps Bay belonging to the gorgeous hunk Finn O’Reilly. Finn has the ability to stop time, to move into what is called “untime”. Katie can’t stop time but, uniquely, can function in “untime” and works as a partner, a sidekick, to superhero Finn. For years they have worked together to save lives. But now it seems Finn has had a change of heart and it’s up to Katie to rescue a number of kidnapped children. A fast-paced, edgy fantasy novel rooted in very real teenage issues, Sidekick maintains suspense and intrigue all the way through.

Adeline Radloff