Hayden Horner
1 minute read
4 Apr 2019
2:15 pm

Book reviews: Born a Crime & The Reject

Hayden Horner

'Born a Crime' provides a fascinating and honest perspective of South Africa’s racial history.

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Born a Crime

Author: Trevor Noah
Price: R220
Pages: 236
ISBN: 9781770106598

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Noah‘s memoir will inspire the would-be achievers

Adapted for young readers from his number one South African and New York Times bestseller, Noah’s book is a compelling memoir that blends drama, comedy and tragedy to depict the day-today trials that turned a boy into a young man.

During the apartheid era, when racism barred blacks from social, educational and economic opportunities, Noah surmounted staggering obstacles and created a promising future for himself, thanks to his mom’s unwavering love and indomitable will.

Trevor Noah: Born a Crime not only provides a fascinating and honest perspective of South Africa’s racial history, but will also astound and inspire young readers looking to improve their own lives.

The Reject

Rating: ☆☆
Author: Edyth Bulbring
Price: R210
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780624086864

Suspenseful and thrilling

This is the follow-up to Bulbring’s bestselling novel, The Mark, which was also a grade 10 English set work.

In The Reject, Juliet Seven is waiting on a sea craft offshore from war-torn Mangeria, hoping that her beloved Nicolas will soon join her. Instead, the boat is pirated by a Reject boy stinking of rot and oil.

As suspenseful and thrilling as her previous work, Bulbring has built utterly credible worlds and characters in The Reject.

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