Nelson Mandela: "No Easy Walk to Freedom"

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From his humble beginnings in rural South Africa to his tragic death at age 95 in 2013, Nelson Mandela's life is a tale of inspiration and courage. The most up-to-date biography of Nelson Mandela.

This powerful biography provides an in-depth look at Nelson Mandela who grew up in a rural village in South Africa under racist apartheid rule--a regime he ultimately helped overthrow.

Denenberg explores the history of South Africa and its often ...

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From his humble beginnings in rural South Africa to his tragic death at age 95 in 2013, Nelson Mandela's life is a tale of inspiration and courage. The most up-to-date biography of Nelson Mandela.

This powerful biography provides an in-depth look at Nelson Mandela who grew up in a rural village in South Africa under racist apartheid rule--a regime he ultimately helped overthrow.

Denenberg explores the history of South Africa and its often violent struggle for civil rights, while tracing  Mandela's role in that history. Lawyer, leader of the African National Congress, political prisoner who spent 26 years in jail, president--no one else has had such enormous influence on his fellow South Africans. Even beyond South Africa Nelson Mandela  influenced freedom fighters everywhere.

This latest biography traces Mandela's complete life story.

The story of Mandela's remarkable life--from his boyhood, his 26-year imprisonment, to his release and visit to the U.S. "Shows us how Nelson Mandela has served in South Africa as Dr. Martin Luther King served in the U.S."--Alex Haley.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
According to PW , ``Well chosen emblematic quotes are effectively woven into . . . this vivid and swiftly paced biography. Denenberg grabs and holds readers as he steadily leads them through the thicket of details that comprise Mandela's life.'' Ages 8-14. Sept.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- A chronological account of Nelson Mandela's life, from his youth through his adulthood to his ultimate release from prison on February 11, 1990. Readers are guided on a journey that includes events, most of which are reflections of South African life as seen through Mandela's eyes. Always evident is the harshness of apartheid and black South African life in general. The text, executed with accuracy and simplicity, includes significant historical events that influenced both white and black South Africans. Readers will be able to understand what lead to Mandela's imprisonment as well as his release. Numerous black-and-white photographs are appropriately incorporated throughout, adding dimension to the printed material. The bibliography is lengthy, and includes adult titles. The chronology and index are excellent. --Courtrina Lewis Stevens, St. Stephens High School, Hickory, NC
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Praise for NELSON MANDELA "NO EASY WALK TO FREEDOM"

"This [is a] vivid and swiftly paced biography....Denenberg's inspirational tone grabs and holds readers....This engrossing book presents strong background information...." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"This text, executed with accuracy and simplicity, includes significant historial events...." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"...here's a forceful biography...shows clearly how and why he rose to prominence...brings Mandela's heroic story up-to-date..." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

"...a wonderful read...admirable achievement..." --PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
South Africa, located on the other side of the globe from the United States, is far from the minds of most middle grade students. However, the fight for freedom is a familiar concept, in large part due to the work of Nelson Mandela. Children understand the perils of a political fight for individual rights, as the topic arises during study of black history. That knowledge transfers easily to the political fight Nelson Mandela carried on for most of his adult life. South Africa is three times as big as the state of California with a mixed population of white and black citizens. The white citizens have ruled the country even though they total only about fourteen percent of the entire population. Mandela believed that the black population should have an equal opportunity to express their views and vote. Born to a Christian family, Mandela grew up with an understanding of the importance of public service and political activism. College-educated and trained as a lawyer, he worked to earn the rights of a free society for his people. Mandela’s journey would eventually take him from prison to the presidency. This volume explores Mandela’s life story, from birth to death. A biographical timeline, an index, and a bibliography are included. Many of the black-and-white photographs used to illustrate his story are drawn from newspaper accounts. Scholastic has a reputation for providing easy-to-read, well-researched biographies for middle readers, and this title is no exception. The binding is paper and the spine is tightly glued, but a laminated book cover will help to extend the life of this much-read volume. Reviewer: Joyce Rice; Ages 12 up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590441544
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1991
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.57 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Barry Denenberg is a critically acclaimed author of nonfiction and historical fiction. His historical fiction books include titles in the Dear America, My Name Is America, and Royal Diaries series, many of which have been named NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. His nonfiction books have covered a wide array of topics, from Anne Frank to Elvis Presley.

Barry Denenberg lives in Bedford, New York, with his wife and daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    Tic- Tac- Toe Book Project

    Nelson Mandela: No Easy Walk To Freedom is a great book. One thing i especially like about it is that it has a lot of details and facts that don't totally focus on Nelson Mandela it has many facts about the history of Africa. I also liked how it had a good number of pictures: not too many like a picture book, but enough to help you visualize the different situations. Another thing i liked about the book was that it actually seemed to have a story. Unlike some biographies which have different sections for different facts (childhood, jobs, education etc.), it has a good flow and it went from one thing to the nect very easily. It also had many chapters which all provided good stopping points: you don't have to read the whole story at once to understand it. The story is split up into many different parts which helps you start and stop reading however much you please. These are just some of the many things i like about the book Nelson Mandela: No Easy Walk To Freedom, and I'm sure you'd like it too.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2000

    Great Read!

    I read this book for a biography for school and i enjoyed it very much. It was very informative about Mandela's life and how the blacks in South Africa lived because of the Europeans. This biography is great for ages 11-15 and it isn't a hard read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2014

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    It was so sad, but interesting!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2014

    It was okay

    Lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Thank ya guys for that

    Thanks guys for those reviews now i think ill get it.

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