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It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers)

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The host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, tells the story of growing up half black, half white in South Africa under and after apartheid in this young readers' adaptation of his bestselling adult memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.

Trevor Noah shares his story of growing up in South Africa, with a black South African mother and a white European fat
Library Binding, 304 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Delacorte Press (first published April 1st 2019)
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Meredith They are about 98% the same. The "regular version" has more profanity in it, and a few storylines are a bit longer. For instance, the chapter about Tr…moreThey are about 98% the same. The "regular version" has more profanity in it, and a few storylines are a bit longer. For instance, the chapter about Trevor's time in jail includes some details about the people he met while he was there that are eliminated from the YA version. But for the most part, it's the same book.(less)

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Amber K.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I went into this really hesitant because I’ve read the adult version and it was explicit and mature. However, they did a fantastic job paring down the content that was too mature without sacrificing the story. I would recommend it for grades 5 and up.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
            This is the first time I have read something related to South Africa and apartheid. Though it's legally forbidden, strangely, racism still prevails in most parts of the world socially. It's great how Nelson Mandela Sir has made a huge impact on anti-apartheid.

The reason why I love to read (auto)biographies are because through one's life we get to know about their childhood, upbringing, family, friends, hardships, education system, culture, traditions, society, taboos, their governme
Elvina Zafril
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I've read the other version of this book and it was the same story.

Trevor Noah grew up in South Africa during apartheid. He was identified as a white child when he was with his mother and was identified as black when he was with his father. It was quite confusing for his identity. Trevor Noah struggled in his life with his identity and has been bullied quite frequently because of the skin color. His parents were divorced. There wasn't much stories told about his father since his father did not i
olivia ♡
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.”

Plot Summary: This book is about Trevor Noah, a popular comedian and the current host of "The Daily Show". He grew up in South Africa during apartheid and this book is about some of his experiences during it. This is the young readers edition which I accidentally got but, I enjoyed. The normal version is Born a Crime: Stories Fr
David S
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I chose It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime because the title was intriguing to me, and I wanted to learn more about the term “apartheid”. I had to search for apartheid and I learned that it’s another word for a police system of segregation or discrimination in South Africa. I wondered what the differences were between the apartheid and racial segregation in the United States. Trevor Noah provided an autobiographical account of what it was like to grow up in South Africa during the apartheid. Trevor ...more
Hizatul Akmah
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
trevor noah's mom is my hero
Maya ✨

Not only is it a really important book to read because it deals with South Africa and its history, you also get a personal experience and so many amazing lessons and quotes and thoughts about life in general. EVERYONE can take something from it.
This book, adapted from the adult version for a younger audience, should be required reading for anyone interested in understanding the effects of poverty, racism, and apartheid on a generation and a society. And just as stark as the violence and desperation that lead to and often accompany crime is the awareness of what the love and guidance of a parent can do for a child. In this memoir, Trevor Noah shares humorous, painful, and confusing moments during his years growing up in South Africa, th ...more
Joyce Yattoni
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A teacher friend texted a couple of us over the weekend and said you have to read this. So, I ordered it and got it the next day and couldn’t put it down. I’m a teacher, so I go to bed most nights by 9:00pm. I’m not in the know about late night comedy. LOL. Come to find out Trevor Noah is the man who took over for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. I digress. 🤪 His stories about growing up in post Apartheid South Africa are at times funny, but also maddening and sad. Not only did I learn a lot about ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an instant favorite. Now I must go write a proposal to Donors Choose to try to get copies of this
memoir for my 8th grade classroom.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hilarious as always :)
Lollie George
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took me until Chapter 6, page 79 to get excited about this book. The beginning is background about Noah's life as it was nestled in apartheid, South Africa. I scan the book and it is all text, no photos or pictures. I immediately think to myself,"my middle school students won't like this book. It is too hard to get into." After chapter 6, Noah totally jumps into the most fantastic stories from his childhood. Stories that make you think, I can't believe he lived through that. Or, he is the wor ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
85% Great

In this adapted version of Trevor Noah's novel Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood, the violence and sexual mentions were less frequented, though in the first there was barely any sexual mentions and more violent scenes, which is to be expected given Trevor Noah grew up during Apartheid and experienced the horrors of living with an alcoholic, abusive stepfather.

Author:Trevor Noah
Ages: 11+ for violence
Bethany Parker
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Memoirs and autobiographies are not usually my jam. Often times, when writing about themselves, it seems as though people are romanticizing their existences in a way that's unrealistic and frankly, a little vain. However, Trevor Noah is incredibly down-to-earth and honest with himself about his strengths and weaknesses. I loved learning about Apartheid, the mischief he got into growing up in South Africa, and about the unrelenting love of family even in times of poverty and abuse. I would recomm ...more
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this YA version of Trevor Noah's story and took my time going through to make questions and projects based on it for my incoming sixth graders in our Africa unit in the fall. It's a necessary story to be told. I appreciate Trevor's humor, candidness and brutal honesty.

Apartheid is a part of history we must not forget. We should speak of it, learn from it, and make ourselves better so that it cannot and will not happen again. Trevor Noah is a "normal guy" but at the same time te
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Trevor Noah. He is smart, hilarious, and oh-so cute! I thought this was a great adaptation for young readers and did a great job of explaining apartheid. I am so excited to tell my students that they MUST READ THIS BOOK!
Lewis Honor
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ms-appropriate
Gosh, I don't really know what to say about this book. I read it because it is on our state young readers' list and we will be participating in that program when schools starts up again. I need to wrap my brain around what I didn't like about it... I will try here:

Reading about life in South Africa was very interesting. While I remember hearing a lot about the ANC and Nelson Mandela being released from prison, I definitely didn't have a context for that information. It was great to read about it
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh Trevor you had me laughing out loud in the middle of the night and crying for the people of South Africa.
I. High school we had an exchange student from South Africa (white)and though I was aware of the political divisions, her perspective was nothing like yours. She ended up spending 4 years with us instead of one die to the political unrest, so I know her side. Although I was very glad for democracy to come to SouthAfrica, I never realized the huge divisions between the various tribes (thou
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this version, which is adapted for young readers, accidentally because I put a hold on the wrong one via the library. But it was a great read and I imagine the adult version is too. I am conflicted re what age could read this -- I think my (mature in these matters and an advanced reader) 5th grader can and should delve into the racism and state violence, he can handle the intense domestic/personal violence but not all young readers can, but there is some modeling of behavior and lack of a ...more
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Born a crime was amazing. I thought it was a funny story, it was funny and it was sad at the same time. The story talked about a guy who was born in South Africa in a place with a racism people he was born in a mix family his dad was white and his mom was black so he had a light skin. This guy talk about himself when he was a kid so that affect me when I was reading the book. This story reminds me in some of America's history. I like how he makes some of story fun,and I like the way he loves his ...more
Terri M.
This is a wonderful introduction to life in South Africa towards the end of Apartheid. Trevor honestly and humorously tells his personal story through the frame of the country’s history.

I received a copy of this book direct from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been aiming to read this memoir for quite some time, now I finally managed to get my hand on it, say no more! I’m sold by his story. Frankly speaking, before reading this book I have no idea who Trevor Noah was. The only reason why I’m really intrigued to read it was because the praises I kept hearing from my fellow book lovers and it had been recommended everywhere. So, thank you Times.Reads for this.

This memoir follows the story of Trevor Noah while he was growing up during apartheid and
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: africa, memoir
Noah describes his childhood and youth as an oddity in South African during Apartheid. He was born from an African mother and a Swiss German father who were not allowed to socialize with other, let alone parent a child together.

Nevertheless, Noah exists.

His book shows his keen awareness of the social rules around him, particularly as flagged through language. He learned to speak English as well as several African languages and dialects, giving him the ability to move in and out of several cult
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“𝓨𝓸𝓾 𝓶𝓾𝓼𝓽 𝓫𝓮 𝓬𝓪𝓻𝓮𝓯𝓾𝓵 𝔀𝓱𝓸 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓼𝓾𝓻𝓻𝓸𝓾𝓷𝓭 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻𝓼𝓮𝓵𝓯 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱 𝓫𝓮𝓬𝓪𝓾𝓼𝓮 𝔀𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓪𝓻𝓮 𝓬𝓪𝓷 𝓭𝓮𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓶𝓲𝓷𝓮 𝔀𝓱𝓸 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓪𝓻𝓮."

Apartheid was a system of control with laws meant to keep black people from rising against white rule. One of the laws stated that the intermingling of different races is a crime. Born to a black Xhosa mother and a Swiss father, Trevor Noah was born a crime.

An autobiographical compilation of stories, this book, takes us through the tough South African life, racial prejudice, politics, police brut
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book taught me so much about apartheid in South Africa, something I knew very little about. Trevor Noah was "born a crime" because at the time of his birth it was illegal for people of different races to have romantic relationships with each other, and his mother was black and his father was white. Noah calls out the senseless confines for which people were segregated, he himself having grown up in the aftermath of apartheid. I loved the conclusions and truths he took away from his experien ...more
"In society, we do horrible things to one another because we don't see the person it affects. We don't see their face. We don't see them as people. Which was the whole reason the hood was built in the first place, to keep the victims of apartheid out of sight and out of mind. Because if white people ever saw Black people as human, they would see that slavery is unconscionable. We live in a world where we don't see the ramifications of what we do to others, because we don't live with them. If we ...more
Aishwariya Loganathan
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had bought ‘Born a crime’ on Flipkart during one of the sales. Instead of sending me the unabridged version I’d ordered, Flipkart sent me the ‘Adapted for Young Readers’ version. I didn’t want to get into the hassle of returning the book, so I kept it.

I’ve seen Trevor Noah a bit as the host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central. Little did I know that he had such a tough childhood. The good thing about this book is that Trevor describes incidents from his past with a sense of humour. He seemed t
Sandy Brehl
This is an adaptation of the original and highly successful adult memoir/autobiography. I read the original and highly recommend it for adults.
This modification for younger readers retains Noah's entertaining and powerful voice, revealing the many ways in which his complex and sometimes threatened young life felt both "normal" and happy, largely due to the remarkable strength and humor of his mother.
Reading Trevor Noah's young life through his rear view mirror gives young readers a wide view of
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Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television and radio host and actor. He currently hosts The Daily Show, a late-night television talk show on Comedy Central.

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