Friday, May 31, 2019

It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - ESSENTIAL

It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah, 294 pages.  Delacorte Press (Random), 2019. $18. 9780525582168

Language: G ; Mature Content: PG-13 (spouse abuse); Violence: PG-13 (shootings, blood, beatings, references to other violence)



Trevor Noah, the host of the Daily Show, grew up dirt poor in the homelands, ghettos, and secretive spaces in South Africa - near the end of apartheid and as it was being demolished.  Born to a white father and black mother, Trevor’s existence was a crime and he had do be hidden as much as possible. And even when he had more freedom, he still had ignorance and few chances to make a better life.

If I were teaching high school World Geography or anything that touched on apartheid and South Africa or a class about race identity, I would have my students read this book.  Noah’s breezy writing style makes for easy reading, especially for a subject matter that usually lacks a personal element for students to connect to. The only thing missing is Trevor’s final journey from small time con and DJ to the host of a TV show in America!

Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS

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