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Journey to Jo'burg by Beverley Naidoo
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bookshelves: multi-culture-lit, international-literature, historical-fiction

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 content is a bit more mature. There is really nice character development and vivid imagery which lends itself to readers creating drawings or paintings, allowing them to interpret their own parts of the book. Both Naledi and Tiro, who by age are still children, suddenly grow and mature...becoming wiser beyond their years.

Response: This book fits in with a couple categories of children's literature. What makes this book an international piece of literature is that it is about another country, South Africa, written and published in English. Although most children have not lived long, if ever, in the country if their family's origin, they may feel a connection to it. This book also helps readers to learn more about history as it is told through the characters' story. At the time of its publication, the book described contemporary conditions in South Africa. The events described in Naidoo's book are significant from an historical perspective.
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Reading Progress

September 23, 2010 – Started Reading
September 23, 2010 – Shelved
September 23, 2010 – Shelved as: multi-culture-lit
September 23, 2010 – Finished Reading
October 2, 2010 – Shelved as: international-literature
November 2, 2010 – Shelved as: historical-fiction

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Kathleen (BTW, "Jo'burg" is Johannesburg.)

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