Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

Paperback | December 24, 2002

byBeverley NaidooIllustratorEric Velasquez

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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.

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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.

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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 jour...

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...

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Format: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

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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.

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"Naledi and her brother Tiro slip away from their aunt, grandmother, and seriously ill baby sister to walk to Johannesburg to find their working mother. Through a young woman they meet, the children learn about those who have come and gone in the struggle against apartheid. This well-written piece has no equal."(—School Library Journal)