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Journey to Jo'Burg: A South African Story PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
• The reader will confront poverty, illness and racism in this story about South Africa.
• Death seems to surround the characters whether it be children in their village or their father.
• The meaning of freedom is addressed and would make for a good discussion topic .
• Despite the short length of the story and the inclusion of illustrations, this book covers a serious and valuable subject.
• The children's determination to save their sister is rare and moving and will stay with readers long after they finish the book.
Sweet Book Summary:
A short but powerful book, Journey to Jo'burg follows 13 year old, Naledi and her younger brother Tiro as they travel alone from their home in a small village to the city of Johannesburg. Their younger sister is ill but the hospital is far away and they have no money to pay for it. Their mother works in Johannesburg, coming home only occasionally, so Naledi decides to take Trio and sneak off to get her help. As they travel, they learn more about the racial divide in their country - separate buses, separate rules - and what it means to them. Despite the animosity of some, the children encounter good people who help them along the way. Naledi and Tiro's journey will give young readers a valuable insight into another world and an important perspective on their own lives.
Author: Beverley Naidoo Illustrator: Eric Velasquez Published: 1986, 75 pages
Themes: Character/Values, Diversity, Ethnicity/Culture, Family Life, Good Book Club Selection, Life Challenges, Poverty
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12 Sunday, 14 June 2015 11:51
Journey to Jo'burg
It is a really good boom de have been reading this boom in my class as our class novel i am in Yr5
11 Sunday, 11 January 2015 21:15
i love this book but NALEDI was very impaient during chaper 15
Love it!
10 Sunday, 30 March 2014 16:14
I love this book, i wouldn't normally be interested in something like this but i started reading and couldn't stop! Absoulutely brilliant!
I would recommend to everyone!
Journey to Jo'burg
9 Monday, 04 November 2013 18:59
this a fantastic book a can't stop talking about it.
I recommend this book to everyone.
my opinion
8 Tuesday, 22 October 2013 18:22
I thought it was lame
Journey to jo`burg
7 Monday, 24 June 2013 20:27
Sharmin(= (:
I`m really interested in this book because journey to Jo`burg inspires me. It tells you about how south Africa was in the past,and I really liked how grace was she was really kind and nice. Journey to Jo`burg taught me allot about racism how people don't like it and all that. It inspires me because I used to do the same thing like call people names and that but now I don't do it after I read this book so yeah and I give this book A 5/5 thanks 4 reading this bye
Bye Sharmin(= (:
Social Studies
6 Wednesday, 08 May 2013 01:22
It was an epic book. it was both sad and exiting. I want 2 keep it but its from the library. :(
Journey to jo'burg
5 Friday, 18 January 2013 01:27
Wow this book is amazing. BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!
4 Thursday, 17 January 2013 21:04
Neveya Claar
i think this is a really good book ! If you have nott read this book, you need to ! it has a really good storyline and moral To the book !.
3 Monday, 26 November 2012 20:57
Emily m
Good book :)
2 Tuesday, 17 July 2012 18:30
Maggie potts-jones
hi this is maggie potts-jones i read your book jouney to jo'burg with my class. I am in class 11 and about to go to class 13 year 6 i was wondering if you could name one of you characters maggie potts-jones and put to maggie potts-jones if you do many thanks
1 Friday, 24 February 2012 01:53
Good one

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