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Journey To Jo'burg by Beverly Naidoo
  

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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

A deeply affecting modern classic about a brother and sister who journey through the South Africa of Apartheid in a race against time to find their mother thereby saving their poorly baby sister, Dineo.

Synopsis

Journey To Jo'burg by Beverly Naidoo

Frightened that their baby sister will die, 13-year-old Naledi and her young brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to find their mother, who works in Johannesburg as a maid. Their journey shows the realities of apartheid, pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life.

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This story is compelling TES inspirational tale... Network Growing awareness of the sufferings of South Africa's black children brings renewed point to Beverley Naidoo's Journey to Joburg, a story for young readers, the more searing for its gentleness, that makes them ask questions we must learn to answer. Guardian


About the Author

Beverly Naidoo
Beverly Naidoo, born May 20th, said, "I was born and brought up a 'Jo'burg girl' in what has been one of the world's most openly racist countries: South Africa. I was sent to a whites-only school. It was like being brought up to be a horse with blinkers. Luckily when I left school, I met people who challenged me and I was able to take off the blinkers. I began to feel very angry about the terrible things that I could see I was part of." Journey to Jo'Burg was banned in South Africa. The apartheid government in South Africa refused to let children read it until 1991.Beverley Naidoo researched No Turning Back in South Africa. The story is about a twelve-year-old boy who runs away to Jo'burg and joins streetchildren. Even though life on the street is dangerous, surviving there is better than living at home with a violent stepfather. Naidoo wanted to write about the courage of young black people who are determined to get rid of racism and apartheid.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th September 1999

Author

Beverly Naidoo

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Author's Website

www.beverleynaidoo.com/

Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
96 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Categories

9+ readers

ISBN

9780007263509