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 It's Trevor Noah : born a crime : stories from a South African childhood
 Author: Noah, Trevor

 Publisher:  Delacorte Press (2019)

 Dewey: 791.4502
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: 294 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 677984 ISBN: 9780525582168
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11

 Noah, Trevor, -- 1984-
 Comedians -- United States -- Biography
 Comedians -- South Africa -- Biography
 Television personalities -- United States -- Biography

Price: $21.58

The comedian and host of The Daily Show tells the story of growing up half black, half white in South Africa under and after apartheid.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 502951
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.70
   Points: 17.0   Quiz: 76792

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/19)
   School Library Journal (04/01/19)
   Booklist (03/01/19)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/01/2019 A television host, political commentator, and comedian, Trevor Noah has a reputation for wit. In this insightful memoir, adapted from the adult volume Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (2016), his clever mind and grasp of languages are unveiled. Noah intersperses his life experiences with a layered look at the history of South Africa. Growing up at the end of apartheid, he was evidence of a crime—his mother was Black and his father was white, and mixed-race children were illegal—and it made him an outsider. Noah grew up understanding that many aspects of his upbringing were fundamentally different: his mother raised him with an imagination and showed that there were no barriers to whatever he wanted to be. Readers will find this journey through Noah’s formative years humorous and exciting. He has lived during a tumultuous time in South African history and come through it to become one of the most prominent voices in the world. An engrossing read on one of the most oppressive times in history for people of color. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 04/01/2019 Gr 5 Up—Comedian Trevor Noah is the son of a Black South African mother and a Swiss-German father. He considers himself born a crime as under apartheid law in South Africa, interracial relationships and marriages were seen as illegal until the law's decriminalization in 1985, a year after his birth. Noah navigates through a childhood filled with poverty, discrimination, and uncertainty as a biracial person who does not know where he fits in under a racially stratified government. His religious mother's unwavering faith serves as the saving grace and guiding light in his life. She sacrifices to ensure that he receives the best education as a means out of wayward behavior, hustling, and a life of crime. Their mother-son relationship is severely tested with the addition of her new husband Abel, whose personal demons reveal themselves and lead to an unexpected turn of events. The young readers' adaptation utilizes South Africa's colonial and apartheid histories as background context, offering keen insight into the diversity of South African culture, such as its many languages. Readers will appreciate Noah's comedic wit and timing during the good, bad and ugly times of his upbringing. On the other hand, readers will cringe at some of the more painful situations, such as the downplaying of domestic violence. VERDICT A necessary purchase for readers who will appreciate and understand how a parent's love enabled Noah to become the successful man he is now.—Donald Peebles, Brooklyn Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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