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Afrika by Colleen Craig
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Jun 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: children-ya, contemporary-fiction
Read from June 24 to 26, 2011 — I own a copy

What a wonderful story! A 13-year-old girl named Kim travels to Africa with her journalist mother. She has so many questions about her father and her mother's homeland that she feels ready to burst but her mother remains silent about her father. Who was he? What was he like? Would he love her? Why did he never contact her in Canada? She finds the answers to all of these questions as her mother works on her African assignment. Her mother has been estranged from her family and her homeland for so many years that the visit is fraught with stress, pain and uncertainty. All of this was tied up in apartheid and the struggle for equality among the African peoples. This is an outstanding story and I recommend it to those who wish to understand more about such issues. I learned so very much from those who were involved.
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06/26/2011 page 105
45.0% "An interesting tale about a 13-year-old girl and her journalist mother who travel to Africa for her mother to cover the truth commission and its work. Kim hopes to find her father. At this point the two are visiting her grandfather, uncle and his family. This is where her mother grew up. What can Kim learn about her parents?"

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