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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date April 1, 1992
Pages 518
Binding Paperback
Edition Mti
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780345410054
ISBN-10 034541005X
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.75 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama.”
–The New York Times

“Unabashedly uplifting . . . asserts forcefully what all of us would like to believe: that the individual, armed with the spirit of independence–‘the power of one’–can prevail.”
–Cleveland Plain Dealer


In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa. There, a boy called Peekay is born. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives heroic dreams–which are nothing compared to what life actually has in store for him. He embarks on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice where he will learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and the power of one.


“Totally engrossing . . . [presents] the metamorphosis of a most remarkable young man and the almost spiritual influence he has on others . . . Peekay has both humor and a refreshingly earthy touch, and his adventures, at times, are hair-raising in their suspense.”
–Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Marvelous . . . It is the people of the sun-baked plains of Africa who tug at the heartstrings in this book. . . . [Bryce] Courtenay draws them all with a fierce and violent love.”
–The Washington Post Book World

“Impressive.”
–Newsday

“A compelling tale.”
–The Christian Science Monitor

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385732543 Book cover for 9780394575209
 
from Delacorte Pr (September 13, 2005); titled "Power Of One"
9780385732543 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 1.00 lbs | List price $15.95
About: Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and the boxing ring, with help from a chicken, a boxer, a pianist, black African prisoners, and many others.
from Random House Inc (June 1, 1989)
9780394575209 | details & prices | List price $18.95
About: An outcast in pre-World War II South Africa, young Peekay learns the power of self-reliance through the pain of the loneliness he experiences
Paperback
Book cover for 9780141304892 Book cover for 9780345359926 Book cover for 9780345410054 Book cover for 9780440239130
 
Rep abr edition from Laurel Leaf (July 10, 2007)
9780440239130 | details & prices | 373 pages | 4.00 × 6.75 × 1.25 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 0.40 lbs | List price $6.99
About: Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and in the boxing ring.
Abridged edition from Penguin Group Australia (April 30, 2000)
9780141304892 | details & prices | 360 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $11.35
About: Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, little six-year-old Peekay learns that small can beat big.
With Sara Gilbert | Mti edition from Ballantine Books (April 1, 1992)
9780345359926 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $6.99
This edition also contains The Story of Mtv
About: An outcast in pre-World War II South Africa, young Peekay learns the power of self-reliance through the pain of the loneliness he experiences
The price comparison is for this edition
Mti edition from Ballantine Books (April 1, 1992)
9780345410054 | details & prices | 518 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $16.00
About: “The Power of One has everything: suspense, the exotic, violence; mysticism, psychology and magic; schoolboy adventures, drama.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781740936804
 
With Humphrey Bower (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Bolinda Audio (July 30, 2005)
9781740936804 | details & prices | 6.75 × 6.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $54.95
About: Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and in the boxing ring.
Library
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from Delacorte Pr (September 13, 2005)
9780385902748 | details & prices | 320 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | 1.00 lbs | List price $17.99
About: Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and the boxing ring, with help from a chicken, a boxer, a pianist, black African prisoners, and many others.
Reinforced
Book cover for 9780606296458
 
from Demco Media (December 1, 1996); titled "Power of One"
9780606296458 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $24.55
Prebinding
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (October 4, 2008)
9781439557280 | details & prices | 373 pages | Rec. grade levels 7-9 | List price $15.99
from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780833554253 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $28.20
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