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Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

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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
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 24th 2002 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1986)
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This story is about two children who live in a poor village in South Africa. Their mother works far away in Johannesburg and their father died from a disease caught in the mines. Their little sister is desperately ill and the two children decide to walk to the city to bring their mother home. The story tells of their awakening to the situation in their country of the appalling treatment of blacks by the rich white people. The children finally find their mother, but their troubles are not yet ove ...more
Carli Vallance
I found this book humbling and heartwarming. It is written from the viewpoint of two young children in South Africa who struggle to understand the injustice they and their families face. When their baby sister falls gravely ill they courageously decide to travel 300km from their small village to Johannesburg to summon their mother from work. The physical journey is symbolic of their awakening to the wider realities of apartheid; they face danger and experience prejudice, but also meet kind stran ...more
I really enjoyed reading this moving story by Beverley Naidoo. Set against the dangerous landscape of Apartheid South Africa, Journey to Jo'burg is an inspiring story of two young courageous children, a brother and sister called Naledi and Tiro. The story follows their journey from their small village in South Africa to Jo'burg, about 300 miles away, in search of their mother. Their younger sister, Dineo, is very ill and Naledi decides that they need to travel to Jo'burg to bring their mother ba ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
While this short little novel was an interesting peak into living conditions in South Africa, I found it to be a little didactic. The story seemed somewhat unbelievable, as if the author wanted to show us about South Africa and this was simply the method she chose to use. The lack of consideration for how to get home again and the costs of eating and lodging in the city is maybe explained by the country upbringing of the children, but the story also suggests that the hospital was so outrageously ...more
Sara Darr
I really enjoyed this book but wish it could have been longer!

It is set in South Africa at the time of the Apartheid and tells the story of two courageous young children Naledi and Tiro who are worried that their baby sister Dineo will die. So they set off from their village and travel to Jo'burg, determined to bring their mother back to care for their baby sister. It deals with the main theme of prejudice and racism as well as family, love and empathy. It is a really simple and heartfelt story
Summary: A short, but engrossing journey of two siblings Naledi and Tiro, who journey from Johannesburg to Jo'Burg because their baby sister has become very ill. In Jo'Burg, they find their mother, who works for a white family. The brother and sister mature very quickly from their trip to and from Jo'Burg because they learn more about the world around them, what their peers are fighting for, and the realities that are forced upon them. The reading level is S (guided reading level), but the conte ...more
Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story, written by Beverley Naidoo , is about the journey a brother and sister, Naledi and Tiro, have to take to Johannesburg to try and find there mother as the little sister has become ill. Mma, the children's mother, works in Johannesburg which is 300km from their village. The book is set in the time of the Apartheid in South Africa and goes through the different things which are different today for black people.

I used this book within my Year 4 literacy le
Set in South Africa, Naledi, a thirteen year old girl and her younger brother travel from their small village 300 km to get their mother (who works in Johannesburg) because their baby sister is very ill. They get help along the way from a number of people. In the process, Naledi learns about Apartheid from first hand experiences and stories from her friends. The book ends with her determined to speak with the older children at school and learn more. I think the book was a bit unrealistic in that ...more
Naidoo, B. (1986). Journey to Jo’Burg: A South African Story. New York: HarperTrophy.


Set in historical South Africa during the time of apartheid, Naledi and her brother Tiro worry about their sick younger sister. Certain that their sister needs a doctor, they decide to disobey their grandmother’s wishes and leave their small town to journey to Johannesburg where their mother works as a servant to get her help.

While on their journey the children are helped by several other black people
Sam Hopper
Journey to Jo’Burg is set in South Africa during the apartheid and tells the story of Naledi and Tiro who, frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, take a 300km journey to find their mother who works there as a maid. On their journey they experience the oppressive and harsh realities of the apartheid including the segregation by colour, the Pass laws that require all black people to carry a passbook at all times and the extreme poverty alongside so much wealth.

Naledi and Tiro are expose
Don't underestimate this short and easy read.I actually almost have up on it because this first time I tried reading it I got confused by the characters and went to sleep! I tried again tonight and I read the whole thing in one sitting!

What's great about this book is that on the surface it's a simple story. A couple of black South African kids travel to the city in search of their mom because their younger sister is sick. Seems simple enough, right? Well, you get to know and begin to care about
Spell binding story about the journey two children undertake to find their mother and bring her home. It focuses on their expereiences and the courage and determination they show. At its core is a prevading sense of an apartheid South Africa. It is moving, sad and exhilirating, all at the same time.Banned at the time by the government in South Africa, it also educational and contains lots of information about the author and her experiences, apartheid and a glossary of African words.

I loved explo
Juliet Jarrett
We are reading this book as an in-class novel but it's read independently. It is actually pretty good so far! This book is about to siblings, Naledi and Tiro, and their baby sister Dineo is very sick. Now they must go and tell their mother this, but there is one small problem. Their mother lives and works 300 miles away in Johannesburg. This book is about their trip to Jo'burg to rescue their sister. They go through all these obsticales to get there. They get caught stealing food, they loose the ...more
Aliyah Inge-hanif
Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story by Beverley Naidoo, Eric Velasquez is a contemporary realistic fiction. It is intended for the ages of nine through twelve years old. It is about two South African siblings with a sick younger sister. They go on a journey to the city get their mother from work to take care of their sister. They then face the struggles, dangers and racism of their country.

While I feel the story seemed a little rushed it written in a short manner to not lose the attention
Reminded me of The Help. Was really sad and yet powerful. You really understand and feel for the characters who did not realize that simply because they were born a certain color that they will have struggles. Loved how it was told through a childs perspective. <3
Michelle Llewellyn
I was introduced to this book through the International Children's Literature course I'm taking this semester. It's a wonderful class providing me with many opportunities to read books published in other countries in order to learn more about the people who live in those countries which is something all us self-centered Americans need to do. For American children, this may be one of the only books out there describing what life is like for non-whites in a country outside the United States.

I rea
Bossy Kiya (Jakiya)
I like it it was good so far i like that theyre tring to go on a misson to save there little sister. They're taking a risky chance to met up with their mother . And so far on the way there people are helping them.
‘Journey to Jo’burg’ narrates the story of Naledi and Tiro who are cared for by their grandmother in the small village whilst their mother works in Jo’burg as a maid in order to earn enough money for her precious family to survive. However, when their little sister falls ill, the family have no means of acquiring medicine or help for her. Naledi and Tiro therefore determine to travel to the city in order to find their mother and thereby save their sister.

Their precarious journey takes them acros
A children's book about Apartheit.

Originally written in 1985, this book was not historical fiction but a description of life as it was in South Africa at the time. The author wanted to teach young children about the unacceptable policy of Apartheit that separated Africans from Caucasians purely by colour.
The wealth was all in the hands of the 'Whites', while the labour was done by the 'Blacks' who worked long hours for little pay and lived under apalling conditions.

Naledi and her brother Tiro ar
Anna Scott
This book tells the story of two young children who travel across South Africa in search for their mother who is working away from home. When their younger sibling is taken ill, they decide that only a doctor can save the baby. However, they also know that doctors charge fees that they cannot afford. They decide to walk to their mother's place of work, hundreds of miles away, to ask her to return to their home town to pay the doctor's fees and save the baby.

It is not until they reach their mothe
This was a very touching book and choosing two innocent children as protagonists makes the horrible era of Apartheid even more vivid and shocking. However, I feel so much more could have been done with this story line in a slightly longer book. This was short, even for a children’s book intended for this age group. A shame, really, because that is my only point of criticism
The other John
This one is an incomplete book! It's one of my daughter's school books, written and set in the mid-1980s, when apartheid still infected the country of South Africa. It concerns the story of two children, who run away from their village to the city of Johannesburg in order to find their mother. It's a quick travelogue of some of the abuses black people were suffering at that time. Why I call it incomplete is that the ending is less than happy. There's no freedom won for the family or the nation, ...more
Mrs. Trimble
This is a quick 75-page story about a brother and sister living in South Africa who journey to Johannesburg - where their mother works - to inform her of their younger sibling's dire illness. The reader gets a brief glimpse into the perils of living in South Africa; including the dangers of not having a "pass" to race segregation and enslavement.
Book for 3rd to 5th graders, written by a South African author in 1985. Children who have never left their small village go on foot to find their mother in Johannesburg because their little sister is sick. Stark contrasts between village life and city life, apartheid, threat of police, interesting look at a different culture and time
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

Naledi and Tiro know the only one who can save their sick baby sister is their mother, and she is off working in far away Johannesburg. So the two head off to find their mother. On the way they face many trials and make new friends. A 1001 CBYMRBYGU.

A brave girl and her younger brother set off to Jo'burg to get their mother since their baby sister is very sick. This is a well written children's story about the injustice the blacks faced in South Africa.
This is a great short book about a girl's journey to Johannesburg during apartheid. This story really helps kids and adults relate to the events of that time through the eyes of a child.
I think this story is Banned by the apartheid government in South Africa, this is the story of two children's courage and determination to find their mother and bring her home.
Betsy Cole
Read this with my 7 year old daughter. The story was easier to read than the concepts were for her to understand. Deals with hard questions of racism and poverty. Good book.
Naleidi and her younger brother, Tiro, are worried about their baby sister who is very sick. They feel that the only person who can save her is their mother who worked and lived in Johannesburg more than 300 kilometers away. Their mother, Mma, worked far away due to the injustices in South Africa. Naleidi and Tiro leave their grandma and aunt to set off on a journey to Johannesburg to find Mma and bring her back. When they reach the city, they experience prejudice and see injustices against the ...more
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Beverley Naidoo was born in South Africa on 21 May 1943 and grew up under apartheid. As a student, she began to question the apartheid regime and was later arrested for her actions as part of the resistance movement in South Africa. In 1965 she went into excile going to England and married another South African exile; they have two children.
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