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

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When I saw my husband watching a video with Trevor Noah, I casually dropped a ”he grew up in Soweto”, but this was too much of an insider knowledge (? Finally, although Journey to Jo'burg was penned in 1986 and Apartheid was officially abolished as a South African government policy in the 1990s, the fight for racial equality very much continues in South Africa. At each turn they face the grim realities of apartheid – the pass laws, Bantustans, racism and injustices. 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.

Beverley Naidoo (a white child) got a vaccine against diphteria, the children of the woman helping her family did not get this chance.Their mother is able to get time off, beginning the next day, to take her children home and help Dineo.

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. I stopped and went on Wikipedia (my go-to source on almost everything) to see what the deal with Jo'burg is (it is Johannesburg indeed!

It is a simple story line that has potential to open many discussions and topics for children to further explore in the classroom. 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. This part of the story opens the children’s eyes even more to the uncertainties and dangers of life in South Africa.

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