Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story

Set in apartheid South Africa, Journey to Jo’burg chronicles the journey of Naledi and Tiro, brother and sister, as they make their way to Johannesburg from their village. The 200 kilometer trip is dangerous for children who have never been outside of their hometown, but they need to find their mother to tell her about their very sick baby sister. Having never seen the splendor of where their mother works as a servant, nor the politically active citizens who fight against racist laws, Naledi and Tiro become aware that the life they knew before was not just.

Beverley Naidoo weaves history and narrative together for a compelling read. Illustrations by Eric Velasquez complement the book.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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1 Response to Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story

  1. RGV says:

    great post!

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