One reason I love children’s literature is that it introduces kids to very real problems in the world, many of which are far from readers’ everyday experiences. Rich, compelling characters can deeply connect a reader with global problems and injustices.
So I’m thrilled that Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan is about to hit the shelves in Spring 2013. Tara is a friend and critique group member, so I can totally vouch for the book’s awesomeness. The synopsis:
“A shocking human rights tragedy brought to light in a story of heartbreak and triumph.
Thirteen-year-old Habo has always been different— light eyes, yellow hair and white skin. Not the good brown skin his family has and not the white skin of tourists. Habo is strange and alone. His father, unable to accept Habo, abandons the family; his mother can scarcely look at him. His brothers are cruel and the other children never invite him to play. Only his sister Asu loves him well. But even Asu can’t take the sting away when the family is forced from their small Tanzanian village, and Habo knows he is to blame.
Seeking refuge in Mwanza, Habo and his family journey across the Serengeti. His aunt is glad to open her home until she sees Habo for the first time, and then she is only afraid. Suddenly, Habo has a new word for himself: Albino. 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.”
This book makes me wish I had a middle school class so I could share the story with them. So good, guys.
If you’re intrigued, head over to IceyBooks for Golden Boy’s cover reveal and your chance to win an ARC!