“Harrowing but ultimately redemptive…the murder of Tanzania's albinos is a real and horrific phenomenon of the past 15 years, a cold fact that makes the fictional events in ‘Golden Boy’ more moving and consequential than those in any dystopian young-adult chase-drama.” —The Wall Street Journal
*"A riveting snapshot of one Tanzanian boy who makes himself matter." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
*“Readers will be haunted by Habo’s voice as he seeks a place of dignity and respect in society. An important and affecting story.” —School Library Journal, starred review
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.
Golden Boy 4.2 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
I just started reading and I think
That all people should read to see what it is like to be an albino, in Africa and in America a little bit too. People probably don't notice it, but there is albinos in our country too, not just Africa and places with people who have darker skin, I know this because, I, myself has albinism, but not as serious as Habo in the story has it. I have put on a long sleeve shirt in the pool, but not outside the pool,as long as I wear high spf sunscreen, and I always have to wear a floppy hat like that when the sun is out. We aren't as different from other people much though because, we can good grades, we can work hard, but to do that, you got to treat us the same as you would people who are like you, no matter what skin color. So PLEASE read this book, even if you don't buy it, and you just get it from your library, and remember what I said when your reading it.
More than 1 year ago
What a touching story this is. I loved it. It pulled me in right away. I can't belive that things like this really happen. It taught me so much about africa and how people live. The lives they live is a constant struggle. Never knowing where your next meal is coming from. The lack of knowledge on what we consider normal everyday things is staggering. In this day and age it is very hard to believe that these kinds of things can and do happen.
More than 1 year ago
It is such an inspiring and great book it can bring hope and inspiration to anyone! I just absolutely love it
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