Journey to Jo'burg

A South African Story

by Beverley Naidoo, Eric Velasquez

On Sale: 12/30/2019

Journey to Jo'burg

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Journey to Jo'burg

A South African Story

by Beverley Naidoo

illustrated by Eric Velasquez

On Sale: 12/30/2019

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Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)

New York Public Library's “One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing”

Bank Street Children's Book Award

About the Book

A classic look at prejudice and racism in apartheid South Africa, this short and compelling novel is perfect for independent reading projects and classroom sharing.

Separated from their mother by the harsh social and economic conditions prevalent among blacks in South Africa, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother make a journey over 300 kilometers to find her in Johannesburg.

Mma lives and works in Johannesburg, far from the village Naledi and Tiro call home. When their baby sister suddenly becomes very sick, Naledi and Tiro know, deep down, that only one person can save her.

Bravely, alone, they set off on a journey to find Mma and bring her back. It isn't until they reach the city that they come to understand the dangers of their country, and the painful struggle for freedom and dignity that is taking place all around them.

Educator and Librarian Resources

Critical Praise

★ “This well-written [story] has no equal. Evocative and haunting.” - School Library Journal (starred review)

“A provocative, eloquent story about the human spirit.” - Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062881793
  • ISBN 10: 0062881795
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 12/30/2019
  • Pages: 112
  • List Price:8.50 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Africa

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