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The world beneath

by Warman, Janice,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Warman
Location  CLP - Main Library
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Teen Fiction YA FIC Warm
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Collection  Teen Fiction
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Penn Hills Library Youth Y WAR
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Collection  Youth
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At the height of South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle, a boy must face life decisions that test what he believes--and call for no turning back.

South Africa, 1976. Joshua lives with his mother in the maid's room, in the backyard of their wealthy white employers' house in the city by the sea. He doesn't quite understand the events going on around him. But when he rescues a stranger and riots begin to sweep the country, Joshua has to face the world beneath--the world deep inside him--to make heartbreaking choices that will change his life forever. Genuine and quietly unflinching, this beautifully nuanced novel from a veteran journalist captures a child's-eye view of the struggle that shaped a nation and riveted the world.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this novel, Warman, a South Africa-born journalist, draws upon personal experience with the apartheid era. In 1976, Joshua lives with his mother, who works as a maid in the house of the Malherbes, a wealthy white family. His awareness of the events that will change the shape of South Africa's history is scant, but it rapidly grows when he and his mother harbor Tsumalo, an agitator in the fight for change. Joshua bears witness to a frightful event, one that pits the powerful Mr. Malherbe against Tsumalo and sends Joshua away from the city to join the fight for his long-deserved freedom. The succinct and specific prose will transport readers to a pivotal moment in time. Readers unfamiliar with South African history may wish to supplement the text, for the spare portrayal of background events may not provide enough context for some readers. Through a child's eyes, Warman perfectly captures the discovery of white privilege and the intentional creation of two distinct worlds just as their dividers come crumbling down.--Barnes, Jennifer Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "London journalist Warman, who grew up as a "privileged white child" in Cape Town during South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle, sets this affecting novel in that same city and era. It is 1976, and Joshua, a black child, lives in a backyard hut with his mother, a maid for an affluent white couple. Visiting from "Jo'burg," Joshua's older brother tells him that he and others are covertly rebelling against the oppressive, racist government. Joshua embarks on his own risky undertaking when he shelters an injured anti-apartheid activist on the lam from the police. After the fugitive is discovered and Joshua comes under suspicion, two freedom fighters take him to an insurgent training camp in Angola for safekeeping. Through the eyes of an innocent boy trying to fathom the injustice and brutality of apartheid, as well as his own potentially violent role in the struggle, Warman presents a gripping personal portrait of a horrific chapter in South Africa's history. Avoiding didacticism, her novel lets the facts speak for themselves, making Joshua's story all the more hard-hitting. Ages 12-up. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Anti-apartheid movements -- Fiction.
Apartheid -- Fiction.
South Africa -- Social conditions -- 1961-1994 -- Fiction.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2016
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 159 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 0763678562
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