Dixon Daantjies, in his first year at Vleiland High School on the crimeridden
Cape Flats, is much smaller than the other boys, and struggling
with his school work. Victimised by the class bullies, Clinton September
and Johannes Blaauw, he has created a survival mechanism for himself:
whenever he’s under pressure he escapes into a dream world where he
becomes Diehard Dixon, a multi-talented hero whom everyone admires
The only time Dixon is happy is either at home with his caring parents
or working at the nearby animal shelter for strays, where his favourite
dog is Sniffer.
But he cannot escape the real world forever. His father is attacked at
his taxi rank by a former fellow taxi driver, Dillon Lake, who has escaped
from jail and is bent on settling an old score with Mr Daantjies. The stab
wounds become infected and unless the doctor can obtain the necessary
antibiotic, Dixon’s father could die.
In a feat that he doesn’t realise is heroic, Dixon rescues a kitten stuck
on the roof of a block of flats and befriends the owner, a girl his age
called Celeste April, who has lost her legs in a car accident. She agrees
to help him with his schoolwork. He confides in her his fear of losing
Sniffer, who is about to be adopted.
There seems to be no way he can adopt Sniffer himself but after he
confronts Dillon Lake and is aided by Sniffer in apprehending the
convict, the reward is everything he could have wished for. At school his
classmates have begun to treat him with a new respect, and on top of it
all his father’s life is saved.
Dixon ultimately comes to realise that all he has to be in life is not a
fictitious and unlikely hero, but himself.
Die Hard Dixon PaperBack
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