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Beverley Naidoo - Author

About the Author

Beverley Naidoo was born into a white, middle-class family in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1943. She graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in 1963. Her involvement with the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa led to her being imprisoned in solitary confinement for eight weeks at the age of 21. She left for England in 1965 and studied at the University of York with the help of a United Nations Bursary, training to become a teacher. Her first novel for children, Journey to Jo'burg, was published in 1985. A powerful portrayal of racism seen from a child's perspective, the book was banned in South Africa until 1991. A sequel, Chain of Fire, was published in 1989. No Turning Back (1995) was written after running workshops for young people in South Africa with theatre director Olusola Oyeleye. The Other Side of Truth (2000) was inspired in part by the execution of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa and tells the story of two Nigerian children who flee to London as refugees after their mother is killed.

Q&A WITH BEVERLEY NAIDOO:

Favourite Hero: The little African hare. He plays tricks on bigger, bossier animals who think that big is best

Favourite Monster: The tick-tock crocodile in Peter Pan.

Special secret power: A secret is a secret. (when i was a child, i made a secret society with a friend. To this day, i have never told anyone the meaning of our name The TTs'.)

Favourite Fight Scene: War and Peas by Michael Foreman. The animals in King Lion's country are starving but they manage to chase away the greedy Fat King and his army.

Featured books by Beverley Naidoo

Who is King? And Other Tales from Africa

Who is King? And Other Tales from Africa

7+ readers

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2015

All kinds of animals feature in these ten sparkling stories from all over Africa, by an award-winning author and illustrator. Find out what happens to Lion when he challenges Elephant and discovers who is the real king of the savannah; laugh along with Tortoise as he bewitches the animals in Leopard's work-party with his irresistible music; find out why Hippo has no hair, how Elephant got his trunk, and why Cockerel crows. Then read about the woman who had a mouse-child! The stories are drawn from the rich folklore of Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and are perfectly matched by Piet Grobler's wonderful illustrations.

Other books by Beverley Naidoo

Cinderella of the Nile

Cinderella of the Nile

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/05/2018

Nominated for the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal In this earliest-known version of Cinderella, a rosy-cheeked girl called Rhodopis is abducted by bandits from her home in Greece and enslaved in Egypt. Although she finds friends, she remains unhappy, until one day the gift of a pair of beautiful slippers leads her to the King of Egypt. Beautifully retold by the award-winning author Beverley Naidoo, this earliest-known version of Cinderella is brought to life for the modern- day reader. Rhodopis is a Greek girl who is sold into slavery by bandits and taken to Egypt. Along the way she becomes friends with the storyteller Aesop and a host of playful animals. Her master gives her a pair of beautiful rose-red slippers, making three other servants jealous. But when Horus, the falcon, sweeps in to steal her slipper, Rhodopis has little idea that this act will lead her to the King of Egypt. The first in our `One Story, Many Voices' series, this ancient story of Cinderella finds its echo in fairy tales all over the world.

The Other Side of Truth

The Other Side of Truth

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

This is the story of 12 year-old Sade and her brother Femi who flee to Britain from Nigeria. Their father is a political journalist who refuses to stop criticising the military rulers in Nigeria. Their mother is killed and they are sent to London, with their father promising to follow. Abandoned at Victoria Station by the woman paid to bring them to England as her children, Sade and Femi find themselves alone in a new, often hostile, environment. Seen through the eyes of Sade, the novel explores what it means to be classified as 'illegal' and the difficulties which come with being a refugee. With endnotes including the UN Convention and Rights of the Child charter WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL 2000 and the NESTLE SMARTIES SILVER AWARD 2000 'A marvellous read ... that refuels the desire for justice and freedom' - Jon Snow 'Beverley Naidoo breaks the rules, producing books for young people which recognize that they want to know about the real world' - Guardian

No Turning Back

No Turning Back

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2016

NO TURNING BACK by Carnegie-medal winning author Beverley Naidoo is the powerful and moving story of Sipho and his struggle to survive on the city streets of Johannesburg in the 1990s. It is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first. South African society is on the brink of a huge change as apartheid comes to an end, but will it make any difference to the tough life of Sipho and the other street kids? The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths. The collection includes: The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton, I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith, Postcards from No Man's Land - Aidan Chambers, After the First Death - Robert Cormier, Dear Nobody - Berlie Doherty, The Endless Steppe - Esther Hautzig, Buddy - Nigel Hinton, Across the Barricades - Joan Lingard, The Twelfth Day of July - Joan Lingard, No Turning Back - Beverley Naidoo, Z for Zachariah - Richard C. O'Brien, The Wave - Morton Rhue, The Red Pony - John Steinbeck, The Pearl - John Steinbeck, Stone Cold - Robert Swindells.

Who is King? And other tales from Africa

Who is King? And other tales from Africa

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2015

All kinds of animals feature in these ten sparkling stories from all over Africa, by an award-winning author and illustrator. Find out what happens to Lion when he challenges Elephant and discovers who is the real king of the savannah; laugh along with Tortoise as he bewitches the animals in Leopard' s work-party with his irresistible music; find out why Hippo has no hair, how Elephant got his trunk, and why Cockerel crows. Then read about the woman who had a mouse-child! The stories are drawn from the rich folklore of Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and are perfectly matched by Piet Grobler' s wonderful illustrations.

Journey to Jo'Burg 02/e Hardcover educational edition

Journey to Jo'Burg 02/e Hardcover educational edition

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2008

What's the hook? This award-winning title provides a moving insight into life and conditions for a black family in apartheid South Africa. This edition contains a revised introduction by author Beverly Naidoo, which provides an insight into her own experiences and the inspiration for the novel. A sequence of photographs from the period is also included, to help pupils understand the harsh realities faced by Naledi and Tiro. What are the themes? Individual vs. society, families and different cultures. Teaching points Ideal for thought-provoking multicultural work. Provides numerous opportunities for exploring narrative devices, characterisation and the wider historical context of the novel. New versions of the author's essay and introduction provide an ideal opportunity for developing pupils' cultural and critical understanding.

Call of the Deep

Call of the Deep

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/05/2008

A wicked princess strikes a terrible bargain with the sea...a beautiful mermaid falls in love with a human. This title includes two magical stories of the sea from the Carnegie Medal-winning author. Barrington Stoke specialises in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Journey to Jo'Burg

Journey to Jo'Burg

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2008

This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid. Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid - the pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life. The opulence of the white Madam's house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face - that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease. This edition of Beverley Naidoo's classic story includes a special Why You'll Love This Book introduction by Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate.

Burn My Heart

Burn My Heart

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2007

The Mau Mau - the name of a secret society that once struck terror into the hearts of British settlers in Kenya. An episode in history that ended in a State of Emergency, with violent and brutal acts dividing a nation. This is an intensely personal and vivid story of two boys: one black, one white. Once they were friends even though their circumstances are very different. But in a country riven by fear and prejudice, even the best of friends can betray one another . . . Internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Beverley Naidoo explores new territory in this beautifully realized and moving story set in Britain's colonial past.

The Great Tug of War and other stories

The Great Tug of War and other stories

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2006

Mmutla the hare is cunning. When you have Ntsu the eagle soaring high in the sky looking for her supper, and Tswhene the baboon vowing to throw you off a cliff, you need all the tricks you can think of. When Mmutla the hare tricks Tlou the elephant and Kubu the hippo into having an epic tug of war, the whole savanna is soon laughing at their foolishness. However small animals should not make fun of big animals and King Lion, together with Tswhene the baboon and wise old Khudu the tortoise set out to teach Mmutla a lesson - but the clever hare is always one step ahead.

Web of Lies

Web of Lies

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2004

Two years after their flight from Nigeria, 14-yr-old Sade, her younger brother Femi and her father are living in a council flat in London, waiting for their claim for asylum to be approved. Sade is upset when Femi is drawn into a violent possibly drug-dealing gang, and even more upset when their father doesn't seem to notice. He's too taken up with his new friend Mrs Wallace, a refugee from Sierra Leone. But when Femi is arrested for murder, and the gang set fire to their flat, the family has to pull together to get through this most difficult time.

Chain of Fire

Chain of Fire

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2004

Set in South Africa at the height of the apartheid regime, when the government started a policy of ethnic cleansing, forcibly removing people from their homes and moving them to so-called 'homelands'. Schoolchildren Naledi and Tiro are caught up in the protests and resistance as they and their grandmother are threatened with removal from their village. Protestors are arrested and beaten, but still people fight on. Freedom lies at the end of a long road.

Baba's Gift

Baba's Gift

Author: Beverley Naidoo, Maya Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2004

Lindi and her brother go to the sea with their grandmother, taking a little wooden boat to play with that their grandfather has made. They quickly make a new friend and play together with the boat in the sea and then have a picnic. No one notices the sea creeping in until it has taken their boat away. The children are upset but find a special shell to take home for their father to make up for the loss of the boat he had given them. He says he can always make another boat but that he could never make anything as beautiful as the shell.

Reading Worlds 7I King Lion in Love Reader

Reading Worlds 7I King Lion in Love Reader

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2004

Reading Worlds 7I The Great Tug of War Reader

Reading Worlds 7I The Great Tug of War Reader

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2003

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/02/2003

'Stunning and emotionally involving collection.' The Sunday Times 'Short stories that astound with their feeling, their power to move.' The Observer

The Other Side of Truth

The Other Side of Truth

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2002

The New Windmill Literature File provides photocopiable activities to help you link The Other Side of Truth and other popular New Windmills to Framework objectives and approaches to learning and teaching. See The New Windmill Literature File for more information.| Carnegie Medal Winner.

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2001

A collection of short stories - four previously published and three new - linked by the theme of young people experiencing personal dilemmas. All are set in South Africa, first under apartheid and then after the first democratic elections. They cover the period from 1950 to 2000 and reflect the lives of a range of young people, black and white, living in what was for many years seen as the world's most openly racist society.

The Other Side of Truth

The Other Side of Truth

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/04/2000

This is the story of 12 year-old Sade and her brother Femi who flee to Britain from Nigeria. Their father is a political journalist who refuses to stop criticising the military rulers in Nigeria. Their mother is killed and they are sent to London, with their father promising to follow. Abandoned at Victoria Station by the woman paid to bring them to England as her children, Sade and Femi find themselves alone in a new, often hostile, environment. Seen through the eyes of Sade, the novel explores what it means to be classified as 'illegal' and the difficulties which come with being a refugee.

Journey To Jo'burg A South African Story

Journey To Jo'burg A South African Story

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/1999

This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa's apartheid. Frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother Tiro run away from their grandmother to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works there as a maid. Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid - the pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life. The opulence of the white Madam's house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face - that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease.

Ready Go! Where Is Zami ?

Ready Go! Where Is Zami ?

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/1998

Global Tales

Global Tales

Author: Beverley Naidoo, Christopher Donovan, Alun Hicks, Michael Marland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/04/1997

These sixteen stories by new and internationally-known writers reveal a rich diversity of story telling. They offer a variety of forms, settings, contexts, characters, themes and language in stories that are both accessible and challenging. Authors include: R.K. Narayan, Beverley Naidoo, Mildred D Taylor, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Anita Desai. Paperback 168pp

No Turning Back

No Turning Back

Author: Beverley Naidoo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/03/1997

Set in South Africa in the 1990s, a time when an increasing number of young black South Africans are dealing with the violence, the legacy of disrupted schooling and the continued struggle for survival. The story focuses on one boy's struggle for survival as he leaves the violence of his home and joins a gang of children living on the streets.

Journey to Jo'burg

Journey to Jo'burg

Author: Beverley Naidoo, Roy Blatchford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/02/1995

What's the hook? This award-winning title provides a moving insight into life and conditions for a black family during Apartheid in South Africa. What are the themes? Individual vs. society, families and other cultures. Teaching points? Ideal for thought-provoking multicultural work. Provides numerous opportunities for exploring narrative devices and charactgerisation.

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