Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

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Price
$6.99  $6.43
Publisher
HarperCollins
Publish Date
Pages
112
Dimensions
5.0 X 7.3 X 0.3 inches | 0.15 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780062881793

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About the Author

Beverley Naidoo grew up in South Africa under apartheid. She says: As a white child I didn't question the terrible injustices until I was a student. I decided then that unless I joined the resistance, I was part of the problem. Beverley Naidoo was detained without trial when she was twenty-one and later went into exile in Britain, where she has since lived.

Her first children's book, Journey to Jo'burg, was banned in South Africa until 1991, but it was an eye-opener for thousands of readers worldwide. Her characters in Chain of Fire, No Turning Back, and Out of Bounds face extraordinary challenges in a society she describes as more dangerous than any fantasy. She has won many awards for her writing, including the Carnegie Medal, the Jane Addams Book Award, and the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults for The Other Side of Truth, about two refugee children smuggled to London who are also featured in Web of Lies.

Eric Velasquez has illustrated numerous children's books, including Strong Voices: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing and Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford. He won the Pura BelprΓ© Award for his illustrations in Grandma's Gift. He won the John Steptoe New Talent Award for his illustrations in The Piano Man, written by Debbi Chocolate. Visit his website at www.ericvelasquez.com.

Reviews

"A provocative, eloquent story about the human spirit."--Publishers Weekly
β˜… "This well-written [story] has no equal. Evocative and haunting."--School Library Journal (starred review)