Journey to Jo'burg

A South African Story

by Beverley Naidoo

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

Bank Street Children's Book Award

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

About the Book

“Has no equal. Evocative and haunting.” (School Library Journal starred review)

The bestselling classic set in South Africa during the apartheid era, in which two siblings must face the dangers of their divided country.

Mma lives and works in Johannesburg, far from the village thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro, call home. When their baby sister suddenly becomes very sick, Naledi and Tiro know that they need to bring their mother back in order to save their sister’s life. Bravely, secretly, they set off on the long journey to the big city to find Mma.

It isn’t until they finally reach Jo’burg that they see up close what life is like for black citizens across South Africa—and begin to really question the unfair and dangerous laws of apartheid.

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.

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

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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 / People & Places / Africa
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism

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