Materials were donated by Beverley Naidoo and Harper & Row in January, 1991.
Noncirculating; available for research.
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Beverley Naidoo was born May 21,1943 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She grew up in South Africa and received her B.A. from the University of Witwatersrand. She moved to England in 1967 to study education at the University of York and later taught school in London. It was then that she realized the lack of educational materials available to children on the subject of apartheid. She volunteered to write Journey to Jo'burg (1984) and Censoring Reality: An Examination of Books on South Africa (1985) at the request of the Education Group of the British Defense and Aid Fund for Southern Africa. Soon after, both books were placed on a list of banned books in South Africa.
Naidoo won many awards for her American edition of Journey to Jo'burg (1985) including: Other Award from Children's Book Bulletin, 1985; Children's Book Award from the Child Study Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education, 1986; one of the Child Study Association of America's Children's Books of the Year, 1987; and Parents' Choice Honor Book for Paperback Literature from the Parents' Choice Foundation, 1988.
The collection includes an edited typescript from the first British edition of Journey to Jo'burg : A South African Story (1984). The collection also contains blues and three edited proofs from the 1985 American edition. In addition, it contains excerpts (reprinted in the School Library Journal , May 1987) from a speech given in 1986. It explains in great detail some of her reasons for writing the book, as well as her background experiences with racial prejudice in South Africa.
Journey to Jo'burg (1985) is the story of two children living in South Africa who struggle to find their mother because their younger sister is dying. The older sister, Naideli, begins to question the politics of South Africa based on her journey to fetch her mother in Johannesburg. The book was first published in England in 1985 and later in the United States. It was subsequently banned in South Africa. There is a sequel to the book called Chains of Fire (1989).
A. BookJourney to Jo'burg: A South African Story by Beverley Naidoo, illustrated by Eric Velsasquez; (New York: Lippincott, 1985). 1/1 Typescript, edited from British edition; front matter, copied biography information for back matter, pp. 1-66. 1/2 Blues, minor corrections; front matter, pp. 1-77, signatures one and six repeated. 1/3 Proofs, labeled as "marked set", edited; pp. 1-75. 1/4 Proofs, labeled as "master set", edited; front matter, pp. 1-80. 1/5 Proofs, labeled as "second revised master set", edited; front matter, pp. 1-82. 1/6 Journal article, School Library Journal (1987), 1 item.
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