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Summary

This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa’s apartheid. 

Frightened that their baby sister, Dineo, will die, 13-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 '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.

This edition of Beverley Naidoo’s classic story includes a special 'Why You’ll Love This Book' introduction by Michael Rosen, former Children’s Laureate.

©2021 Beverley Naidoo (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"This story is compelling." (TES)

"Inspirational tale..." (Network)

"Growing awareness of the sufferings of South Africa’s black children brings renewed point to Beverley Naidoo’s Journey to Joburg, a story for young readers, the more searing for its gentleness, that makes them ask questions we must learn to answer." (Guardian)

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Excellent heartfelt story of a journey!

A gripping, heartfelt journey of two siblings desperate to find their mother in Joberg, set off on foot to bring their mother back to save their I'll baby sister. They encounter the harsh reality of racist South Africa for the first time. A must read or listen!