Diamond Boy

Paperback | April 5, 2016

byMichael Williams

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My father says that a journey should always change your life in some way. Well, when you have nothing, I suppose a journey promises everything.
"Diamonds for everyone." That's what fifteen-year-old Patson Moyo hears when his family arrives in the Marange diamond fields. Soon Patson is working in the mines along with four friends, pooling their profits for a chance at a better life. Each of them hopes to find agirazi, a priceless stone that could change their circumstances forever. But when the government's soldiers come to Marange, Patson's world is shattered.
Set against the backdrop of Zimbabwe's brutal recent history,Diamond Boyis the story of a young man who succumbs to greed but finds his way out through a transformative journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister, in search of freedom, and in search of himself.
A high-stakes, harrowing adventure in the blood-diamond fields of southern Africa, from the critically acclaimed author ofNow Is the Time for Running.

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My father says that a journey should always change your life in some way. Well, when you have nothing, I suppose a journey promises everything."Diamonds for everyone." That's what fifteen-year-old Patson Moyo hears when his family arrives in the Marange diamond fields. Soon Patson is working in the mines along with four friends, poolin...

Michael Williams is a writer of plays, musicals, operas, and novels, and is the Managing Director of Cape Town Opera in South Africa. He is the author of several books, including the highly praised young adult novelsCrocodile BurningandNow Is the Time for Running. He has written operas for young people based on African mythology as wel...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316320684

ISBN - 13:9780316320689

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"Diamond Boy is an important and eye-opening book, told with heart."
-Patricia McCormick, author of the National Book Award Finalist Sold