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Journey to Jo’Burg (HarperCollins Children’s Modern Classics) (Journey to Jo'Burg Series Book 1)

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I think the book was a bit unrealistic in that one would expect a thirteen year old to know a bit about Apartheid. Does the book contain anything that teachers would wish to know about before recommending in class (strong language, sensitive topics etc. 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. And determined to do everything they can for Dineo, the siblings thus set off on foot, hoping to cover the three-hundred-kilometer distance to find their mother in time.

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. It inspires Naledi to want to share her story and whilst, raising poignant questions regarding the brutal and controlling system of government, the novel ends on a hopeful note that things can perhaps change. Naledi (”Morning star” in the native language Tswana) and Tiro (”Hard work”) go on an adventure of about 300 km, a race against time and obstacles, during which they walk, hide, make friends, find their mom and go back home with her by train. When they come to another village, they walk quickly so as to not attract the attention of the police because policemen in this area are often corrupt.The story tells of their awakening to the situation in their country of the appalling treatment of blacks by the rich white people. They discover it is not a simple journey as they encounter some of the dangers living in their apartheid but meeting some friendly people along the way help them to reach their mother.

It's possible I'm overreading these elements, because I was aware going into it that the book was written by a white woman from South Africa. I like the fact that it has a mix of fiction and non-fiction activities … and how material can link to other areas of the curriculum, not just literacy. 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. This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa’s apartheid.All those lesson on writing letters…for jobs as servants…always writing how good they were at cooking, cleaning, washing, gardening…always ending with “Yours obediently. At the back there is a copy of a letter banning the book's import, which gives greater impact to comprehending the extent of governmental corruption. The gripping and empathetic story will draw pupils into engaging imaginatively with what life would have been like for families living during this time of racial segregation. Reading for enjoyment and writing for enjoyment are two of the most powerful ways of getting children interested in books. He celebrates Journey to Jo'burg for being the first childrens' book about the lives of black African during apartheid.

The author wanted to teach young children about the unacceptable policy of Apartheit that separated Africans from Caucasians purely by colour. 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. They have to stay with their new friend for the night, then travel back with their mother the next day. It might be hard, at first, for them to keep the characters straight, since I even struggled with that as an adult.Beverley Naidoo (a white child) got a vaccine against diphteria, the children of the woman helping her family did not get this chance. For all ebook purchases, you will be prompted to create an account or login with your existing HarperCollins username and password. It is written from the viewpoint of two young children in South Africa who struggle to understand the injustice they and their families face.

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