Nelson Mandela: The Unconquerable Soul

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Nelson Mandela had very simple dreams as a young man growing up in a small South African village; he dreamed of being free to choose his own path in life. But being a black man in South Africa, even the simple dream of freedom could never become a reality.

South Africa was a nation ruled by an oppressive and discriminatory set of laws known as apartheid. Black men and women could not have certain jobs or live in certain neighborhoods, or even walk down the street without being ...

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Overview

Nelson Mandela had very simple dreams as a young man growing up in a small South African village; he dreamed of being free to choose his own path in life. But being a black man in South Africa, even the simple dream of freedom could never become a reality.

South Africa was a nation ruled by an oppressive and discriminatory set of laws known as apartheid. Black men and women could not have certain jobs or live in certain neighborhoods, or even walk down the street without being arrested or assaulted by the brutal police force. South Africans desperately needed their freedom and Nelson Mandela answered the call. He took the lead in the fight for the equality of all races, and the government of South Africa responded to his pleas for justice by trying to crush him.

Nelson Mandela was stripped of his rights, and sent to the harshest prison in all of South Africa to die. But his spirit could not be broken. From his tiny prison cell, Mandela managed to rally the entire world. During this fight for justice, he taught even his opressors the value of tolerance and compassion. He brought freedom to an entire nation and set a shining example to the rest of the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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The Year's Best Graphic Novel Award, Comicon India 2011

"The book is solidly crafted and far more nuanced and detailed than one might expect.... That it exceeds these expectations is a welcome surprise." — John Hogan, Graphicnovelreporter.com

"I highly recommend Campfire’s comics. They do what they are intended to do and do it in  a way that excites kids about classic literature." — Chris Wilson, The Graphic Classroom (a resource for teachers and librarians)

VOYA - Mary Ann Darby
Mandela's story opens with his twentieth year in a South African prison, from where he managed to rally the world to his fight for justice against apartheid. The story then flashes back to his childhood, when he was given a name that roughly translated to "troublemaker." From his challenging childhood to his rough road of education to his fight against apartheid, the story makes clear his passion through the myriad challenges that he faced in South Africa. What better way to entice middle and junior high school students to read stories of those who shaped history than to weave them into graphic format? Libraries looking to engage students with biographic materials will want to consider this series. Campfire's goal is to entertain and educate young minds and for the stories to evoke the feeling of sitting around a campfire spinning stories. The books open with sketches of the most important characters in the stories, which help students know who to key in on as they read. These slender volumes will interest students who want to explore biographies of the luminaries of the past. (Campfire Graphic Novels) Reviewer: Mary Ann Darby
School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—These graphic-novel biographies are engaging and detailed. Ali's exciting life lends itself well to an entertaining adaptation, which focuses not only on his boxing career, but also on his dedication to civil rights and social justice. Helfand is particularly skilled at building the suspense in Ali's attempts to become the world heavyweight champion. The drawings are a little stiff, and there are some scenes in which there is not enough attention to capturing period detail. However, the colors are vibrant, and the layouts are dynamic, with dramatic fight scenes often breaking out of the panels. It's a good source for reports. Short biographies of Ali's opponents are included. Mandela includes a brief history of 20th-century South Africa along with a full account of Mandela's full life. The black, white, and gray illustrations are elegant and expressive but murky. Endnotes include a glossary and additional facts about South Africa. Though the art may not attract readers, the text is informative.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789380741161
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Series: Campfire Graphic Novels Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 517,986
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Helfand was born in 1978 in Philadelphia. Passionate about comic books, Lewis soon published his very own, Wasted Minute - a story of a world without crime where superheroes are forced to work regular jobs. With the first issue received well, he was soon collaborating with other artists and released four more issues over the next few years. At the same time, Lewis continues to work outside the field of comic books as a freelance writer and reporter for a number of national print and online publications.

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