Afrika

Afrika
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For thirteen-year-old Kim, travel to South Africa with her journalist mother will mark the end of her childhood and the beginning of a remarkable journey. Expecting nothing more than three months in her motherís homeland, Kim comes to terms with the countryís diverse and often shocking history. The Truth and Reconciliation Hearings in post-apartheid South Africa open her eyes to the tragedy and brutality of its segregationist policies. Kimís first meeting with her relatives, her contact with schoolmates and cousins, bring her face-to-face with the realization that she is not as removed from this powerful story as she thought.

As her mother struggles with her past, Kim becomes more and more determined to unlock the secret that has always kept her from knowing her father. Helped by the young son of a long-time family servant, whose own father was a casualty of Apartheid history, Kim eventually unlocks her mystery and brings her mother and herself to their own truth and reconciliation.

Layered and complex, this is a novel that raises questions and challenges beliefs.

Age Range: 12 and up Grade Level: 7 and up Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?) Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Tundra Books; 1St Edition edition (April 8, 2008) Language: English ISBN-10: 0887768075 ISBN-13: 978-0887768071 Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces