Journey To Joburg Beverley Naidoo



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This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africas apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, thirteen-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. Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid – the pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life. The opulence of the white “Madams” house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face – that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease. This edition of Beverley Naidoos classic story includes a special “Why Youll Love This Book” introduction by Michael Rosen, the Childrens Laureate.

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