Search Results: "Beverley Naidoo"


BOOK REVIEW

WHO IS KING? by Beverley Naidoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2015

"A buoyant eye-opener for younger readers under the impression that African folk tales begin and end with Anansi. (introduction, source notes) (Folk tales. 7-9)"
Naidoo and Grobler follow up their Afrocentric collection of Aesop's Fables (2011) with a fresh set of tales drawn from Amharic, Luo, Zulu and other traditions.Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH by Beverley Naidoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2001

"Real-world scary. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Gripping suspense rules as Naidoo describes a young girl's world turned upside down by political events, first in Nigeria and then London. Read full book review >

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BURN MY HEART by Beverley Naidoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"As the tension mounts, readers will rightly fear that no good end can result; like Mathew and Mugo, readers' hearts will be burned by this intense slice of historical realism. (author's note, afterword, glossary, Kikuyu and Swahili names) (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
Set in Kenya between November 1951 and March 1953, when indigenous Kikuyus fiercely resisted the British settlers who had stolen their lands, this somber story sheds light on a dark period of rebellion and repression fueled by racial prejudice and fear. Read full book review >

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NO TURNING BACK by Beverley Naidoo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 1997

The bland, uninvolving story of Sipho, 12, who flees his drunken stepfather's brutality to live on the streets of Johannesburg. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

Setting each of these seven stories in a different decade of the Apartheid or post-Apartheid eras, Naidoo (The Other Side of Truth, 2001, etc.) offers glimpses of Apartheid's effects on body and spirit, as well as the underlying integrity—in both the oppressed majority and the oppressing minority—that has allowed South Africa to make its transition without the widely expected bloodbath. Read full book review >

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AESOP'S FABLES by Beverley Naidoo
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A delightful new rendition of some old favorites. (Fables. 5-11)"
Wearing a deliberate African patina, this refreshing collection of 16 Aesop fables takes place in the South African veld, giving these timeless moral tales a visual and verbal facelift. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUMMER OF ICE by Beverley Hopwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A quiet, skillful novel about keeping Inuit traditions and family harmony."
A novel about an unusual summer in a changing world. Read full book review >

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RUNNING SCARED by Beverley Terrell-Deutsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"Insightful and sensitive, a solid character study. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An absorbing middle-grade story of a boy trying to come to terms with his father's death. Read full book review >

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SHAKESPEARE’S TALES by Beverley Birch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2002

"With several better retellings available, this volume is unnecessary. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Four plays—Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, and The Tempest—are retold in pedestrian fashion with minimally appealing illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING TO HANG ON TO by Beverley Brenna
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Each of these stories offers well-developed characters, both male and female, within an interesting plot, and their brevity makes them an apt choice for reluctant teen readers. (Short stories. 11 & up)"
An entertaining collection of 12 varied short stories unified by a common theme: The protagonists are all hanging on to something. Read full book review >

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FALL TO PIECES by Vahini Naidoo
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Naidoo shows promise, but her debut has too darn many sharp edges for anyone's comfort. (Fiction. 14-18) "
An anorexic girl's suicide throws her friends into a tailspin. Read full book review >