Rites of Passage: Stories about Growing up by Black Writers from Around the World

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Seventeen stories about the experiences of young people of African descent around the world, by such authors as Toni Cade Bambara, Njabulo Ndebele, and Barbara Burford.

Seventeen stories about the experiences of young people of African descent around the world, by such authors as Toni Cade Bambara, John Henrik Clarke, Njabulo Ndebele, and Barbara Burford.

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Overview

Seventeen stories about the experiences of young people of African descent around the world, by such authors as Toni Cade Bambara, Njabulo Ndebele, and Barbara Burford.

Seventeen stories about the experiences of young people of African descent around the world, by such authors as Toni Cade Bambara, John Henrik Clarke, Njabulo Ndebele, and Barbara Burford.

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Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
This collection of well-crafted short stories is a celebration of childhood. These probing stories, collected from around the world, explore the universal trials and tribulations faced by children. With stories about first love, peer pressure, and even menstruation, this book looks at the universal aspects of childhood with a fresh and touching eye. At the same time, each story provides a unique view of the culture that influenced the author and reinforces the importance of cultural diversity. With stories by Black writers from various countries and continents, this book offers a pan-African view that supports differences and yet shows the universal ties of humanity that unite cultures. The book also contains a variety of forms among its stories with short stories that follow the traditional structure of exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution as well as shorter pieces of prose poetry, and many other stories that test the limits of form in entertaining ways.
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-Seventeen ``growing up'' stories by noted black writers from the U.S., the Caribbean, Central America, England, Africa, and Australia. All feature young people confronting a reality, discovery, or decision that gives them insight into the adult world. The stories are told from an ethnic perspective; characters, settings, situations, and language reveal life in particular parts of the world. And yet the themes-friendship, heartbreak, sacrifice, betrayal, love, and courage-are universal. In Njabulo Ndebele's ``The Test,'' Thoba wrestles with peer pressure, fear, and exhaustion when he sprints on a dare through the cold South African rain. On a humiliating visit to a welfare office, Minerva learns a lesson in dignity and pride (Paulette Childress White's ``Getting the Facts of Life''). In Barbara Burford's ``Dreaming the Sky Down,'' overweight Donna fantasizes escape from the mockery of her peers and teachers through vivid dreams of weightlessness. Witness to his mother's angst when she hopes to turn a telephone acquaintance into a boyfriend, Tommy realizes that the woman doesn't always know what she's doing (Clarence Major's ``My Mother and Mitch''). The adolescent protagonists are well drawn, and their coming-of-age stories offer meaningful anecdotes on coping with, adapting to, and interpreting life's experiences. The book includes brief biographical information on each of the writers. Contemporary, educational, and enriching.-Gerry Larson, Chewning Middle School, Durham, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786810765
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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