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South Africa Learning Box


Includes: 30 copies of No Turning Back, by Beverley Naidoo. In this story, twelve-year-old Sipho heads for Johannesburg and lives on the streets.

Additional resources: Amandla! documentary and soundtrack, The Nelson Mandela Authorized Comic Book, background information, reading guides, discussion questions, activities, and recipes are included, and are tied to the N.C. Standard Course of Study.


Book Description: Escaping from his violent stepfather, twelve-year-old Sipho heads for Johannesburg where he has heard that gangs of children live on the streets. Surviving hunger and the bitter-cold winter nights is hard enough but Sipho also has to learn, in the 'new' South Africa, whom to trust. What kind of friendships can he have with the other homeless streetchildren? Or with Judy, a white girl who pressurises her father to offer Sipho help? Set on the eve of South Africa's first democratic elections, against a background of political upheaval, what hopes can Sipho carry for his personal future? CABA Award Winner.


To borrow the learning box: Please email Stacey Sewall, sewall@email.unc.edu. Include in your email-- your name, school name, dates you will need the materials (please try to keep no longer than 4-6 weeks), your school's mailing address, your school phone number, and grade level that you teach. The box is free to N.C. educators, and we will pay shipping in both directions.

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