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Golden Boy

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A shocking human rights tragedy brought to light in a story of heartbreak and triumph.

Thirteen-year-old Habo has always been different— light eyes, yellow hair and white skin. Not the good brown skin his family has and not the white skin of tourists. Habo is strange and alone. His father, unable to accept Habo, abandons the family; his mother can scarcely look at him. His brothers are cruel and the other children never invite him to play. Only his sister Asu loves him well. But even Asu can’t take the sting away when the family is forced from their small Tanzanian village, and Habo knows he is to blame.

Seeking refuge in Mwanza, Habo and his family journey across the Serengeti. His aunt is glad to open her home until she sees Habo for the first time, and then she is only afraid. Suddenly, Habo has a new word for himself: Albino. But they hunt Albinos in Mwanza because Albino body parts are thought to bring good luck. And soon Habo is being hunted by a fearsome man with a machete.

To survive, Habo must not only run but find a way to love and accept himself.

384 pages, Hardcover

First published June 27, 2013

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Tara Sullivan

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Tara Sullivan is an award-winning author of Young Adult novels that address contemporary human rights issues. Born in India, she spent her childhood in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic. She received a BA in Spanish literature and cognitive science from the University of Virginia, and a MA/MPA in Latin American studies/nonprofit management from Indiana University. Her debut, GOLDEN BOY, won the 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People Award, and was selected as a best book of the year by YALSA, Kirkus Reviews and the Wall Street Journal. Her second novel, THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET, won the 2017 Children’s Africana Book Award: Honor and was an ALSC Notable Children’s Book of 2017. Tara lives and writes in Massachusetts. Check out her newest book, TREASURE OF THE WORLD, and find out more at: http://www.TaraSullivanBooks.com

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