counter Journey To Jo'burg - Free Download Books
Hot Best Seller

Journey To Jo'burg

Availability: Ready to download

This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, 13-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid. This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, 13-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid.


Compare

This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, 13-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid. This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, 13-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid.

30 review for Journey To Jo'burg

  1. 4 out of 5

    Will

    This story is about two children who live in a poor village in South Africa. Their mother works far away in Johannesburg and their father died from a disease caught in the mines. Their little sister is desperately ill and the two children decide to walk to the city to bring their mother home. The story tells of their awakening to the situation in their country of the appalling treatment of blacks by the rich white people. The children finally find their mother, but their troubles are not yet ove This story is about two children who live in a poor village in South Africa. Their mother works far away in Johannesburg and their father died from a disease caught in the mines. Their little sister is desperately ill and the two children decide to walk to the city to bring their mother home. The story tells of their awakening to the situation in their country of the appalling treatment of blacks by the rich white people. The children finally find their mother, but their troubles are not yet over. Things are not as simple as they thought they would be. They have to stay with their new friend for the night, then travel back with their mother the next day. They experience a tense few days while Dineo is in hospital. This part of the story opens the children’s eyes even more to the uncertainties and dangers of life in South Africa. This is a book from the SFA scheme of work. It has a Reading Focus; to investigate what makes a reader want to read on after the first page. And a Writing Focus; to add a new scene to the story. I read this to a year 6 class and they really enjoyed it, interested in exploring the history and learning about the issues that faced South Africa.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carli Vallance

    I found this book humbling and heartwarming. It is written from the viewpoint of two young children in South Africa who struggle to understand the injustice they and their families face. When their baby sister falls gravely ill they courageously decide to travel 300km from their small village to Johannesburg to summon their mother from work. The physical journey is symbolic of their awakening to the wider realities of apartheid; they face danger and experience prejudice, but also meet kind stran I found this book humbling and heartwarming. It is written from the viewpoint of two young children in South Africa who struggle to understand the injustice they and their families face. When their baby sister falls gravely ill they courageously decide to travel 300km from their small village to Johannesburg to summon their mother from work. The physical journey is symbolic of their awakening to the wider realities of apartheid; they face danger and experience prejudice, but also meet kind strangers who help to keep them safe and tell them stories about the uprising of students in Soweto. Michael Rosen's introduction to this recent edition provides an insight into the global political context at the time of its release in 1985. He celebrates Journey to Jo'burg for being the first childrens' book about the lives of black African during apartheid. At the time it was considered so 'dangerous' that it was banned in South Africa. 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. This is a universal story of hope and determination amidst great opression. I think it would be suitable for upper KS2 and has many cross-curricular learning possibilities. For example: guided reading, with an opportunity for persuasive writing in Literacy to write a reply to the government asking to lift the ban on the book. It could be used to link to PSHE or Citizenship to address bullying and racism, History to examine the apartheid and Geography for studying Africa.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    If you have read The Help, this is an equivalent book for children. The period is South Africa's apartheid years, and while I'm rating four for writing, I'm rating another star for the depiction of tendencies towards popular activism and bringing about change. I also like that there is a simple map. Two kids see their little sister getting very ill but the lady who cares for them doesn't have money for a hospital. So the pair bravely decide to walk to their mother who works as a housekeeper and If you have read The Help, this is an equivalent book for children. The period is South Africa's apartheid years, and while I'm rating four for writing, I'm rating another star for the depiction of tendencies towards popular activism and bringing about change. I also like that there is a simple map. Two kids see their little sister getting very ill but the lady who cares for them doesn't have money for a hospital. So the pair bravely decide to walk to their mother who works as a housekeeper and nanny in the big city, Johannesburg. On the way they learn that the white rulers have decided to pass laws that children can't live with their parents who work in cities; that workers must carry a pass; that children are kept from school to pick oranges, and not allowed to eat the fruit; that black children are taught rubbish in school, such as how to write letters seeking employment as servants. They have to board a different bus to whites, use a different hospital and more. The main worry of course, is whether they can find their mother; after that, can they save their sister? The author was a white girl who knew she would have suffered under Nazi Germany, but just did not realise how her black servants had to live. Once she did realise she wrote this book to show the world and promote change from youth upwards. While now dated it's worth a read and worth giving to a child. Be prepared for some long conversations, so parents might want to do some background reading too. The tale is simply told and should suit anyone aged from nine or ten.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    I really enjoyed reading this moving story by Beverley Naidoo. Set against the dangerous landscape of Apartheid South Africa, Journey to Jo'burg is an inspiring story of two young courageous children, a brother and sister called Naledi and Tiro. The story follows their journey from their small village in South Africa to Jo'burg, about 300 miles away, in search of their mother. Their younger sister, Dineo, is very ill and Naledi decides that they need to travel to Jo'burg to bring their mother ba I really enjoyed reading this moving story by Beverley Naidoo. Set against the dangerous landscape of Apartheid South Africa, Journey to Jo'burg is an inspiring story of two young courageous children, a brother and sister called Naledi and Tiro. The story follows their journey from their small village in South Africa to Jo'burg, about 300 miles away, in search of their mother. Their younger sister, Dineo, is very ill and Naledi decides that they need to travel to Jo'burg to bring their mother back home in order to save their sister. The story highlights the dangers and adventures the children encounter along the way and the challenges they face in South Africa at the time. As well as clear character descriptions and vivid imagery, there are many themes running through the story as it deals with racism and prejudice along with family, love and determination. It is a simple story line that has potential to open many discussions and topics for children to further explore in the classroom. I think it is a great read for a KS2 class and there are many activities in which it can be used throughout literacy lessons such as looking at characters in depth, retelling a story from a character's point of view, play scripts and report writing. It could also be linked with History and PSHE lessons.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Reading the class reader for year 6, this is a good book to start the conversation on what segregation is and to help kids to be deeper thinkers - i think the teacher says for them to be introspective. This was a banned book in SA a while back.. let the conversation begin.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was a brilliant read and a great introduction to children in KS2 about life in South Africa for black people, the Apartheid and segregation. It follows a brother and sister's journey to Johannesburg in search for their Mother who works their to tell her of their sister's illness in hope she will come home to save her. 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 thei This was a brilliant read and a great introduction to children in KS2 about life in South Africa for black people, the Apartheid and segregation. It follows a brother and sister's journey to Johannesburg in search for their Mother who works their to tell her of their sister's illness in hope she will come home to save her. 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 is a simple storyline however so much discussion can be held in the classroom, including the different relationships between the characters and life in South Africa. Children could find more information on the Apartheid as a research task as part of a lesson. To develop the children's understanding further, children could take part in a hot seating activity to explore the characters in depth and to gain a full perspective of living in South Africa around this time.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenni McReddie

    Touching story of how two courageous children make an incredible journey during the terrifying apartheid in South Africa. Very short story, but has so much potential for further learning.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiwary Amit

    This is a classic in all senses. Glad that Arhat is picking up on these books now and we are also able to read it :-)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erin Reilly-Sanders

    While this short little novel was an interesting peak into living conditions in South Africa, I found it to be a little didactic. The story seemed somewhat unbelievable, as if the author wanted to show us about South Africa and this was simply the method she chose to use. The lack of consideration for how to get home again and the costs of eating and lodging in the city is maybe explained by the country upbringing of the children, but the story also suggests that the hospital was so outrageously While this short little novel was an interesting peak into living conditions in South Africa, I found it to be a little didactic. The story seemed somewhat unbelievable, as if the author wanted to show us about South Africa and this was simply the method she chose to use. The lack of consideration for how to get home again and the costs of eating and lodging in the city is maybe explained by the country upbringing of the children, but the story also suggests that the hospital was so outrageously expensive that here was not really anything the mother could do if she returned, expect to be there with her child before she died. The encounters with other characters arranged and too convenient, although it

  10. 5 out of 5

    Imogen Walker

    I read this book to my year 4 class whilst on my second year placement. Our topic for the term was the Apartheid, this book was great as it helped give the children a better understanding, as well as it being about young children in that time, therefore more meaningful for them. Great book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Should be required reading. I had the privilege of ‘meeting’ Beverley Naidoo in a Zoom lecture recently and was so inspired by her and her story I knew I had to pick this book up immediately. Reading it, I am so impressed how Naidoo has tackled a very brutal and disturbing topic and made it accessible, while thought provoking, to children. Naidoo talked about teaching children to THINK, not just facts and dates. As an educator, that really resonated with me. Our children need to be able to see th Should be required reading. I had the privilege of ‘meeting’ Beverley Naidoo in a Zoom lecture recently and was so inspired by her and her story I knew I had to pick this book up immediately. Reading it, I am so impressed how Naidoo has tackled a very brutal and disturbing topic and made it accessible, while thought provoking, to children. Naidoo talked about teaching children to THINK, not just facts and dates. As an educator, that really resonated with me. Our children need to be able to see the world and critical of it in order to improve it. Books like this are an amazing start.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    4,25 stars English paperback - I have dyslexia - It cut through me like a knife through boter. 🦋🦋🌸🌸

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This book gives the reader a small taste of what apartheid was like in South Africa!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Guilherme Semionato

    Insanely sad, insanely hopeful, short, clear, straight to the heart. Its simplicity is striking.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lee

    I give this book 2 stars because I don’t think the author described racism clearly and this book is not a good example of apartheid in South Africa.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jane Branson

    Such an important book about a moment in African history. Amazing how times have changed - when I was first teaching this was definitely a KS3 book. Now, and rightly, it's being taught in KS2. Such an important book about a moment in African history. Amazing how times have changed - when I was first teaching this was definitely a KS3 book. Now, and rightly, it's being taught in KS2.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shel

    Naidoo, B. (1986). Journey to Jo’Burg: A South African Story. New York: HarperTrophy. 0064402371 Set in historical South Africa during the time of apartheid, Naledi and her brother Tiro worry about their sick younger sister. 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. While on their journey the children are helped by several other black people Naidoo, B. (1986). Journey to Jo’Burg: A South African Story. New York: HarperTrophy. 0064402371 Set in historical South Africa during the time of apartheid, Naledi and her brother Tiro worry about their sick younger sister. 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. While on their journey the children are helped by several other black people along the way, but are cautioned about the rules of apartheid that are strictly enforced in the city. They also are exposed to the class and power relations and learn of the hope and rebellions for social change, most notably the Soweto Uprising of 1976. While the narrative is both short and fast-paced there are some plot holes. For example, at the very beginning of the story, Naledi and Tiro decide that because they would get in trouble for asking for money to pay for a telegram, they should walk to Johannesburg, a city over 300 kilometers away. Now call me crazy, this could be my own cultural background speaking, but wouldn’t Grandma be a little more upset that you go on a journey to a strange and dangerous city without help or money than ask for some money to send a telegram? Maybe it’s just me. I don’t know. Published during the height of Apartheid in the mid-1980s, this book was banned in South Africa until 1990. This would be a wonderful book to use to help students think globally about issues of power and class. It could also be the basis for doing a comparison between Apartheid and segregation in the U.S. Activities to do with the book: In a social studies or history class, Journey to Jo’Burg could be used to compare and contrast the history of South Africa with that of the U.S.A. Similar themes include class divisions by race, segregation and apartheid, police abuse and brutality, the fight for civil rights, protests, etc. It could specifically trigger a lesson on protests like the Soweto Uprising, in which students protested the structurally racist and oppressive education system and were killed. Favorite Quotes: “Naledi and Tiro were worried. Their baby sister, Dineo was ill, very ill” (p. 1). “Why shouldn’t we use the bus? When our buses are full, their buses are half empty. Don’t you be sorry!” (p. 26). “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.” Naledi had never thought about it before tonight, but never, never, had she written about wanting to be…say, a doctor. Yes, that’s what she’d like to be. Image how useful it would be if she became a doctor, especially in their own village. She could even look after her own family.” (p. 72) For More of my reviews, visit sjkessel.blogspot.com.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sam Hopper

    Journey to Jo’Burg is set in South Africa during the apartheid and tells the story of Naledi and Tiro who, frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, take a 300km journey to find their mother who works there as a maid. On their journey they experience the oppressive and harsh realities of the apartheid including the segregation by colour, the Pass laws that require all black people to carry a passbook at all times and the extreme poverty alongside so much wealth. Naledi and Tiro are expose Journey to Jo’Burg is set in South Africa during the apartheid and tells the story of Naledi and Tiro who, frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, take a 300km journey to find their mother who works there as a maid. On their journey they experience the oppressive and harsh realities of the apartheid including the segregation by colour, the Pass laws that require all black people to carry a passbook at all times and the extreme poverty alongside so much wealth. Naledi and Tiro are exposed to the fear of violence for “non whites” underlying the discrimination when they unknowingly attempt to board a bus for white people and witness a pass raid at a train station where they see the cruel treatment of black people at the hands of the police. The opulent house of the white “Madam’s” for whom their mother works is a stark contrast with their own appalling reality and the realisation that their baby sister is dying from starvation not an incurable disease. On their journey, the children also experience kindness, bravery and hope. Through meeting Grace they learn about the struggle against the unfair system of the apartheid and the uprising of students against the treatment of black people. 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. I read this book with my year 5 class in a multicultural school, who were shocked and amazed that such discrimination against people based on race happened so recently. It has prompted some lively discussions as well as provided a strong platform for engaging literacy lessons and cross curricular activities for half a term. The story is incredibly moving and also beautifully written. It has been a great inspiration for teaching children to use subordinate clauses and using setting to convey emotions. As well as inspiring powerful writing on characters from a different era, it has helped to draw discussions with some of today’s issue as we have made comparisons with the student uprising ‘Times of Fire’ described in the novel and the riots that took place in London in 2011. We have used it as a basis for topic work - dressed the room and created an impressive visual display, studied South Africa including its geographical features and compared them with the features of England. The children have created stories and monologues from the perspective of the main characters and then performed these to create podcasts. We have undertaken role play and the children have written their own endings to the story. I have loved reading this book and it has opened my eyes to how a powerful text can underpin half a term’s worth of cross curricular lessons.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Don't underestimate this short and easy read.I actually almost have up on it because this first time I tried reading it I got confused by the characters and went to sleep! I tried again tonight and I read the whole thing in one sitting! What's great about this book is that on the surface it's a simple story. A couple of black South African kids travel to the city in search of their mom because their younger sister is sick. Seems simple enough, right? Well, you get to know and begin to care about Don't underestimate this short and easy read.I actually almost have up on it because this first time I tried reading it I got confused by the characters and went to sleep! I tried again tonight and I read the whole thing in one sitting! What's great about this book is that on the surface it's a simple story. A couple of black South African kids travel to the city in search of their mom because their younger sister is sick. Seems simple enough, right? Well, you get to know and begin to care about the two kids quickly. After a series of adventures, they end up finding their mom and return to the village. Together they manage to get medical help for their sister. On the surface it's a simple story. In reality, if you dig deeper, you will learn that this was a journey of self-discovery and awareness for them. They learned firsthand about apartheid because in Johannesburg they experienced it! They finally saw what their mother's job is like. They accidentally got on the white bus and were yelled at and were told they were stupid. They meet a girl who introduced them to the idea of freedom. They realized that there is a lot about South Africa that they don't know, which their schools are not teaching them. It's a beautiful story. It won't be an easy read for kids to understand because in order to really get it kids will need to have some background on South Africa. It might be hard, at first, for them to keep the characters straight, since I even struggled with that as an adult. But it's worth all the extra work because the story has so much depth and complexity and kids will enjoy learning and talking about this. It is much more relevant than we think.

  20. 4 out of 5

    zabarj

    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 conte 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story, written by Beverley Naidoo , is about the journey a brother and sister, Naledi and Tiro, have to take to Johannesburg to try and find there mother as the little sister has become ill. Mma, the children's mother, works in Johannesburg which is 300km from their village. 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. I used this book within my Year 4 literacy le Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story, written by Beverley Naidoo , is about the journey a brother and sister, Naledi and Tiro, have to take to Johannesburg to try and find there mother as the little sister has become ill. Mma, the children's mother, works in Johannesburg which is 300km from their village. 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. I used this book within my Year 4 literacy lessons and I thought it was a great way to get the children aware of what was happening in South Africa in the time of the Apartheid. It opened up great discussions and the children were wanting to ask questions relating to it. We were able to complete a number of activities relating to the book such as, writing a diary entry as if they were Naledi, thinking of different items they could take on their journey and doing a conscience alley and role play by giving advice on whether Naledi and Tiro should go. I would use this book as a whole class read for their literacy work. I would not really recommend the children to read it independently as they will probably would not understand what is going on, without understand the Apartheid. I would use this book in KS2 especially with years 3 and 4.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    Set in South Africa, Naledi, a thirteen year old girl and her younger brother travel from their small village 300 km to get their mother (who works in Johannesburg) because their baby sister is very ill. They get help along the way from a number of people. In the process, Naledi learns about Apartheid from first hand experiences and stories from her friends. The book ends with her determined to speak with the older children at school and learn more. I think the book was a bit unrealistic in that Set in South Africa, Naledi, a thirteen year old girl and her younger brother travel from their small village 300 km to get their mother (who works in Johannesburg) because their baby sister is very ill. They get help along the way from a number of people. In the process, Naledi learns about Apartheid from first hand experiences and stories from her friends. The book ends with her determined to speak with the older children at school and learn more. I think the book was a bit unrealistic in that one would expect a thirteen year old to know a bit about Apartheid. But it seems like a good introduction for American children on the subject. The charcoal drawings are very well done, especially in their portrayal of emotions. My father is from South Africa originally and I still have family there, so I was interested in seeing how whites were portrayed in this book. They are portrayed as not exactly horrible people but somewhere near there - "I can't possibly let you go today...the master and I are going to a very important dinner party." From my visits there the discrepancy of wealth is obscene.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sara Darr

    I really enjoyed this book but wish it could have been longer! It is set in South Africa at the time of the Apartheid and tells the story of two courageous young children Naledi and Tiro who are worried that their baby sister Dineo will die. So they set off from their village and travel to Jo'burg, determined to bring their mother back to care for their baby sister. It deals with the main theme of prejudice and racism as well as family, love and empathy. It is a really simple and heartfelt story I really enjoyed this book but wish it could have been longer! It is set in South Africa at the time of the Apartheid and tells the story of two courageous young children Naledi and Tiro who are worried that their baby sister Dineo will die. So they set off from their village and travel to Jo'burg, determined to bring their mother back to care for their baby sister. It deals with the main theme of prejudice and racism as well as family, love and empathy. It is a really simple and heartfelt story that contains powerful subject matter for children to explore and discuss in the classroom. A great resource to use with Y3/4 in history, particularly during Black History Month. You could incorporate drama too, perhaps focussing on journeys and the people/experiences they encounter. In literacy there are many activities the children undertake such as to write a formal letter to the government addressing their view of apartheid, write a letter to their Mma (Mother's) mistress about how she is being treated, write a report as a journalist about the events taking place, write a playscript and then incorporating drama by acting it out.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kitty

    Spell binding story about the journey two children undertake to find their mother and bring her home. It focuses on their expereiences and the courage and determination they show. At its core is a prevading sense of an apartheid South Africa. It is moving, sad and exhilirating, all at the same time.Banned at the time by the government in South Africa, it also educational and contains lots of information about the author and her experiences, apartheid and a glossary of African words. I loved explo Spell binding story about the journey two children undertake to find their mother and bring her home. It focuses on their expereiences and the courage and determination they show. At its core is a prevading sense of an apartheid South Africa. It is moving, sad and exhilirating, all at the same time.Banned at the time by the government in South Africa, it also educational and contains lots of information about the author and her experiences, apartheid and a glossary of African words. I loved exploring it not only as an inspiring story of love and determination but also its basis in historical/social facts -for that reason I gave it a high rating. I think this would be a great book for a typical Primary year 6 class which can be related to not only Literacy but Topic (Africa) and also History (Apartheid) - good cross curricular links too (PHSE). Could be guided reading/class discussion or linked to specific work as mentioned. Recommended ages - 9-11

  25. 5 out of 5

    ~☆starlight

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I bought this book as I remember reading it as a child and it was one of them books that stayed with me. The book is basically about a brother and sister who live in a poor economy in Africa their younger sister is very ill so they decide to travel the distance some 300 miles to get their mum (working there to send money for her children ) and bring her home incase their sister dies. Unfortunately the path isn't simple and they soon become aware of the troubles and racism their country is facing I bought this book as I remember reading it as a child and it was one of them books that stayed with me. The book is basically about a brother and sister who live in a poor economy in Africa their younger sister is very ill so they decide to travel the distance some 300 miles to get their mum (working there to send money for her children ) and bring her home incase their sister dies. Unfortunately the path isn't simple and they soon become aware of the troubles and racism their country is facing and it seems bringing their mum home is only the beginning of their problems. The book doesn't sugar coat anything and it makes you see how hard and bad the living situation was and let's face it still is and if that wasn't hard enough the racism they faced as well it really opens your eyes, it's not hard to see why I remembered it.The book is written really well and it's definitely one that will stay with me.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Juliet Jarrett

    We are reading this book as an in-class novel but it's read independently. It is actually pretty good so far! This book is about to siblings, Naledi and Tiro, and their baby sister Dineo is very sick. Now they must go and tell their mother this, but there is one small problem. Their mother lives and works 300 miles away in Johannesburg. This book is about their trip to Jo'burg to rescue their sister. They go through all these obsticales to get there. They get caught stealing food, they loose the We are reading this book as an in-class novel but it's read independently. It is actually pretty good so far! This book is about to siblings, Naledi and Tiro, and their baby sister Dineo is very sick. Now they must go and tell their mother this, but there is one small problem. Their mother lives and works 300 miles away in Johannesburg. This book is about their trip to Jo'burg to rescue their sister. They go through all these obsticales to get there. They get caught stealing food, they loose their way to get to a safe place, but finally they... OOPS! I won't tell you! Guess you will just have to read it and find out!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anneke

    This is a book about two teenage trying to save their little brother by traveling a long journey, on their way they stole oranges, sneaked into someone's yard and slept in there and they very luckily got picked up by a truck. The book has got a interesting plot, and tells the readers the story in a very direct way . This is a book about two teenage trying to save their little brother by traveling a long journey, on their way they stole oranges, sneaked into someone's yard and slept in there and they very luckily got picked up by a truck. The book has got a interesting plot, and tells the readers the story in a very direct way .

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bossy Kiya (Jakiya)

    I like it it was good so far i like that theyre tring to go on a misson to save there little sister. They're taking a risky chance to met up with their mother . And so far on the way there people are helping them. I like it it was good so far i like that theyre tring to go on a misson to save there little sister. They're taking a risky chance to met up with their mother . And so far on the way there people are helping them.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mandee

    Reminded me of The Help. Was really sad and yet powerful. You really understand and feel for the characters who did not realize that simply because they were born a certain color that they will have struggles. Loved how it was told through a childs perspective. <3

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    this was a quick read

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.