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

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

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

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Their little sister is desperately ill and the two children decide to walk to the city to bring their mother home. The opulence of the white “Madam’s” house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face – that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease. Everyone knows this and instinctively hides from the police, known for throwing people in jail ”just because”. But at university, Naidoo became increasingly outraged at the South African government and joined Nelson Mandela’s anti-Apartheid movement, with Beverly Naido being arrested and jailed in 1964, for anti-government activities. Grace helps them find their mother’s workplace and offers them a place to spend the night in Soweto.

Published during the height of Apartheid in the mid-1980s, this book was banned in South Africa until 1990.This edition of Beverley Naidoo’s classic story includes a special “Why You’ll Love This Book” introduction by Michael Rosen, the Children’s Laureate. 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.

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. 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. 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. Now Beverley Naido herself was born and raised in South Africa (in 1943), and yes, the author has readily admitted never having been taught to question Apartheid (and the general racial intolerance towards Black South Africans) either in school or at home. 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.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (French former tennis player) has no apparent relation to South Africa (I think I assumed he had). 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. This book also helps readers to learn more about history as it is told through the characters' story. 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. 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.

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