Golden Boy

Sullivan, Tara

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Golden Boy
Light eyes, yellow hair and white skin-- Habo is an albino, strange and alone. His father, unable to accept Habo, abandons the family. When they are forced from their small Tanzanian village, Habo knows he is to blame. The family seeks refuge with an aunt in Mwanza. But they hunt Albinos in Mwanza because Albino body parts are thought to bring good luck. And soon Habo is being hunted by a fearsome man with a machete. To survive, Habo must not only run, but find a way to love and accept himself. A Tanzanian albino boy finds himself the ultimate outsider, hunted because of the color of his skin.
Publisher: New York, NY :, G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, [2013]
ISBN: 0399161120
Characteristics: 354 pages :,map ;,22 cm


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Jan 30, 2014
  • joywolf83 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gripping read. Albino struggles with identity and trying to escape people hunting him for his physical body. Takes place in Tanzania Africa. A compelling read that not only addresses the issue of skin discoloration but also your self worth. I thought it was brilliant and the subtle way it showed how someone old and disfigured could help you out better than a well-dressed young man. And why is that? Because people are more than just their looks. I appreciated how the good people who helped the main character out on his journey remained kind. At first I thought recommending this for 13 and 14-year-olds would be too intense. However the scenes are not graphic but you can visualize extra details in your mind on your own. (And then I realized that the average 13-year-old who plays video games experiences way worse graphic violence) Takes you on a journey of a young man who struggles to be part of society in general. Longish in nature, I didn't mind the length, instead I was eager to find out how he would overcome his situation. Realistic story with references at end to help you explore further. I think it's especially good for young children in the US to realize that there are serious and horrible struggles going on in the world that are deeper than whether or not Justin Bieber got arrested. News media focuses on the trivial and mundane issues of the world. This will help middle schoolers to see and understand parts of the world so very outside of our own. I also thought it portrayed African culture very well.


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