Journey to Jo'Burg

Journey to Jo'Burg : A South African Story

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The bestselling classic set in South Africa during the apartheid era, in which two siblings must face the dangers of their divided country.

Mma lives and works in Johannesburg, far from the village thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro, call home. When their baby sister suddenly becomes very sick, Naledi and Tiro know that they need to bring their mother back in order to save their sister's life. Bravely, secretly, they set off on the long journey to the big city to find Mma.



It isn't until they finally reach Jo'burg that they see up close what life is like for black citizens across South Africa--and begin to really question the unfair and dangerous laws of apartheid.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 132.59 x 192.02 x 5.84mm | 72.57g
  • New York, NY, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • illustrations; 1 map
  • 0064402371
  • 9780064402378
  • 31,370

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If only Mma was here, Naledi wished over and over. . .



Mma lives and works in Johannesburg, far from the village thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro, call home. When their baby sister suddenly becomes very sick, Naledi and Tiro know, deep down, that only one person can save her. Bravely, alone, they set off on a journey to find Mma and bring her back. It isn't until they reach the city that they come to understand the dangers of their country, and the painful struggle for freedom and dignity that is taking place all around them.
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Review quote

★ "This well-written [story] has no equal. Evocative and haunting."--School Library Journal (starred review)
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1,732 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 27% (461)
4 32% (557)
3 30% (517)
2 8% (136)
1 4% (61)
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