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Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo


Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo

What's the hook? This award-winning title provides a moving insight into life and conditions for a black family in apartheid South Africa. This edition contains a revised introduction by author Beverly Naidoo, which provides an insight into her own experiences and the inspiration for the novel. A sequence of photographs from the period is also included, to help pupils understand the harsh realities faced by Naledi and Tiro. What are the themes? Individual vs. society, families and different cultures. Teaching points Ideal for thought-provoking multicultural work. Provides numerous opportunities for exploring narrative devices, characterisation and the wider historical context of the novel. New versions of the author's essay and introduction provide an ideal opportunity for developing pupils' cultural and critical understanding.

About the Author

South African author Beverley Naidoo was exiled from her home country when she was a student in 1965, for campaigning against apartheid. Her first children's novel, Journey to Jo'burg, was banned in South Africa when it was published in 1985 and only available there after the release of Nelson Mandela from jail in 1991. It was however published in many other countries around the world and widely praised for its eloquent, moving and accessible story. Her later novel, The Other Side of Truth, won the Carnegie Medal in 2000 and she has written many other acclaimed books for children. Beverley lives in the UK.

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Publication date

12th September 2008


Beverley Naidoo

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Longman an imprint of Pearson Education Limited


96 pages


Educational: English literature



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