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Golden Boy Hardcover – June 27, 2013
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"A moving novel that explores finding the worth of an individual as they see themselves, not as the world sees them."—VOYA
"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
“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
"Golden Boy is an amazing story of prejudice, bravery and acceptance. From the very first page, I was captivated by Habo and his struggle to find his place in the world."—Kristin Levine, critically acclaimed author of The Lions of Little Rock
"A commandingly written debut, Golden Boy is a moving, gorgeous account of what it means to feel profoundly different when the stakes are survival itself."—Eliot Schrefer, author of National Book Award Finalist Endangered
"Through the course of the story Habo grows from a dependent character to one who is strong enough to defend himself and others against injustice. Well-written and researched..."—LMC
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Top Customer Reviews
At Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA this evening, I chanced to attend a standing-room-only author reading and discussion with the writer. I bought a copy of "Golden Boy" for myself, another for my sun-challenged daughter, and one for my public library. I am sure that many young people, "black," "white" and "other," will be moved by the author's unusual and skillfully written story. While waiting at the end of a long line of those seeking the author's inscription in their books, I could only read 80 pages--but enough to convince me that "Golden Boy" is an 18-karat novel for young adults and will not be the only book from this gifted young writer!
This is important because albinos in Tanzania aren't just shunned and discriminated against - they are hunted for their body parts to fuel a black market. Witch doctors promote the myth that the hair, skin and limbs of people with albinism can be made into potions that bring wealth or luck. As a result, over one hundred people with albinism have been murdered or mutilated in the last five years. Asante Mariamu Foundation works to raise awareness about this issue, and help people with albinism like Habo in Tanzania.
The story is compelling because of the subject matter, but it is memorable because of Habo. Like a lot of teens, he is a study in contrasts: proud, confused, afraid, brave, stubborn and perserverant - and it is gratifying to watch him take the journey into adulthood. People with albinism in Tanzania deserve the same chance to seek peace and fulfillment, and this book might be a step in that direction by raising awareness.
Thanks for opening my eyes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story is an excellent example of a real page-turner! My students and I immediately connected to the main character and felt the same tension he did as he made his way through... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Cynthia Leigh Hundley
I love the quality of the paperback and the story itself. Great read!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Written by a great author, Golden Boy is a great book. The main character, Habo, is albino, which is a disease that makes him burn easily from the sun and makes his vision blurry. Read morePublished 5 months ago by punfun
Think you have a weird physical trait? You'll should take it and run with it after reading this..Published 7 months ago by Denise Noto
Omg where do I start on this one first of all I love this book it was sooooooo thrilling 10 out of 10 best book I've ever readPublished 7 months ago by nsupanda
My 12 year old daughter says that the book was full of mystery, excitement and riveting. She loved this book. She recommends that I read it too- it was awesome.Published 9 months ago by Ayala