In this memoir, Trevor Noah talks about his upbringing and what it was like to be raised during Apartheid, when South African citizens were separated by the color of their skin. Because he is a mixed-race man, Trevor Noah experienced different cultures, languages, and people; and he never felt like he truly fit in.
The book presents the author's most significant childhood memories, and his relationship with his family, specifically his mother. These experiences allow him to educate his audience about the racial injustice Black people face and the harsh circumstances he had to overcome. He also uses humor in order to lighten up these controversial topics, thus making it easier to understand.
Student Voluntee Reviewer (17):
I love this book and would read it again. Trevor Noah did a great job of shedding light on the history of Apartheid as well as the racism and prejudice in our society. I like how he made mature topics easy-to-understand for young audiences. He was able to explain his childhood traumas and experiences and you feel connected to him as a reader and as a person. I enjoyed how he used humor to lighten these controversial topics, making this memoir engaging from beginning to end.
Trevor Noah's story is powerful and made more so by the way he describes his life growing up in Apartheid-era South Africa. Readers will find it not only engaging, but thought provoking and timely.
This book is more on the mature side in its presentation of topics of racism and discrimination. It includes violence and profanity.
This is a memoir about social issues that will engage young readers in history, racial issues, and social justice.
Born a Crime offers many educational themes. Trevor Noah addresses racism and the importance of understanding that each person's struggles are different and we should continue to strive for equality. If your teen/student is reading this book I highly recommend you read it as well and discuss the importance of these topics.
10 and Up
Teen student volunteer. Reviewer age: 17.
Buy. This book is really well written, addresses important topics, and is, overall, a good read that is worth the benefit of having on your shelf.
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|Author||Malala Yousafzai, Patricia McCormick|
|Publisher||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers © 2016|