Journey to Jo'burg (Essential Modern Classics) (HarperCollins Children’s Modern Classics)

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Journey to Jo'burg (Essential Modern Classics) (HarperCollins Children’s Modern Classics)

Journey to Jo'burg (Essential Modern Classics) (HarperCollins Children’s Modern Classics)

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Naidoo won the Josette Frank Award twice – in 1986 for Journey to Jo'burg and in 1997 for No Turning Back: A Novel of South Africa. Printed at the beginning of the book are two newspaper articles which draw Naidoo's fiction into reality. In 2004, she wrote the picture book papa,s Gift, set in contemporary South Africa, with her daughter, Maya Naidoo. They need their Mma’s help to get Dineo to a hospital but Mma works and lives far away in Johannesburg. A few years later, when the parents of all South African children had the right to vote for the first time, Nelson Mandela was elected president.

To give more background on South African history, you may also want to download our The Life Story of Nelson Mandela PowerPoint. Through letters, resources and school feedback we can see how Journey to Jo'burg (and many of Naidoo's other books) wasused from its publication in 1985 to today. When I sent two copies of my first children’s book to nephews and nieces in South Africa in 1985, they never received the parcel. The associations from school children, a small selection of which you can see in the above photograph, are a very interesting way to look at perceptions of South Africa. Knowing that only their mother will be able to help her, Naledi and Tiro travel to Johannesburg to find her.For that work she won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject. But apartheid South Africa is not a good place for two young black children to venture out alone, and they learn that life is much crueller in the city than in the small village they are used to. Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately. In The Great Tug of War and Other Stories she retells African folktales, the precursors of the Brer Rabbit tales.

Fan mail is something that we would sometimes consider sampling (keeping only a representative selection of material), particularly when there is so much of it but Naidoo's fanmail, as well as being lovely to look at, is particularly interesting in terms of looking at social opinion and reaction to her work over the span of her career. Naidoo doesn't explainthe issues of South Africa but portrays them in a way that encourages us to ask questions. You may remember that we received Beverley Naidoo's collection early last year and almost as soon as it was unpacked and listed we took some of the Journey to Jo’burg files to a school in County Durham – you can read about the resulting event here . We may say it a lot on this blog, but everybody has a different approach to writing and Beverley Naidoo's collection is so rich with development work - there are post it notes, letters from her many proof readers and lots and lots of draft material.However Journey to Jo’burg soon found its way into many different countries, in English and in translations, so that hundreds of thousands of children elsewhere were soon reading it.

This is the notice sent to Beverley's sister-in-law from the Doeane en Aksyns Customs and Excise to inform of the seizure of prohibited material. According to Naidoo the 'Most exciting for me is when I feel my writing has really touched a nerve' ( http://www. D. from the University of Southampton and worked as Adviser for Cultural Diversity and English in Dorset. It was a great reminder of how moving the story can be with one of Team Creative explaining to us that the session left him feeling sad and angry that people aren't treated equally. These newspaper reports are very similar to the story of Tiro and Naledi - they are the seed of truth from which her fiction grows.From the first notes to the last batch of fan letters it has been a long journey for Naledi and Tiro. This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. The book follows siblings, Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro on a journey to try and save their family.



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