Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story by Beverley NaidooJourney to Jo'burg: A South African Story by Beverley Naidoo

Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

byBeverley NaidooIllustratorEric Velasquez

Paperback | December 24, 2002

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If only Mma was here, Naledi wished over and over. . .

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, 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.

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, wh...
Title:Journey to Jo'burg: A South African StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.25 inPublished:December 24, 2002Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064402371

ISBN - 13:9780064402378

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 4 out of 5 by from South African Journey Wonderful novel for the 8-12 age group. Introduces South African geography inside a tale of children taking care of each other. Used in a lot of UK schools as a jumping off novel to talk about cultural differences. Well-written and just fun, too. My kids didn't want to read it, but couldn't put it down once they started.
Date published: 2017-01-26

From Our Editors

When their sister becomes dangerously ill, Naledi and her younger brother travel to Johannesburg, determined to find their mother and bring her back to save the baby. There, in the city's ghetto, they discover the painful reality of black African life under apartheid. Illustrated.

Editorial Reviews

“This well-written [story] has no equal. Evocative and haunting.”