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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (June 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399161120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399161124
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Born albino in a Tanzanian village, Habo suffers virulent prejudice for his pale skin, blue eyes, and yellow hair, even from his own family. At 13, he runs away to the city of Dar-es-Salaam, where he thinks he will find more acceptance: there are even two albino members of the government there. He finds a home as an apprentice to a blind sculptor who knows Habo is a smart boy with a good heart, and he teaches Habo to carve wood. But Habo is being pursued by a poacher who wants to kill him and sell his body parts on the black market to superstitious buyers in search of luck. Readers will be caught by the contemporary story of prejudice, both unspoken and violent, as tension builds to the climax. Just as moving is the bond the boy forges with his mentor, and the gripping daily events: Habo gets glasses for his weak eyes, discovers the library, and goes to school at last. The appended matter includes a Swahili glossary and suggestions for documentary videos. Grades 8-12. --Hazel Rochman

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"Readers will be caught by the contemporary story of prejudice, both unspoken and violent, as tension builds to the climax."--Booklist

(Booklist)

"A moving novel that explores finding the worth of an individual as they see themselves, not as the world sees them."--VOYA
(VOYA)

"A riveting snapshot of one Tanzanian boy who makes himself matter."--starred Kirkus
(Starred Kirkus)

“Readers will be haunted by Habo’s voice as he seeks a place of dignity and respect in society. An important and affecting story.”—starred School Library Journal
(Starred School Library Journal)

“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
(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 and The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
(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
(Eliot Schrefer, author of Natioanl Book Award Finalist Endangered)

More About the Author

Tara Sullivan was born in India and spent her childhood living in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic with her parents who were international aid workers. She received a BA in Spanish Literature and Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia, and a MA in Latin American Studies and an MPA in Non-Profit Management from Indiana University.
To research GOLDEN BOY, Tara traveled to Tanzania where she interviewed those working to rescue and educate Tanzanian people with albinism. She currently teaches High School Spanish and lives in Massachusetts. GOLDEN BOY is her first novel.

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This is a very good book that shows the power of family and love.
JAYNE H HOWARD
The characters are fictional, but the story is much too real!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. N. Cable on June 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Author Tara Sullivan "came across a news story in 2009 that told about the kidnapping, mutilation, and murder of African albinos for use as good-luck talismans...." Having grown up in various tropical, dark-skinned societies where her father worked for USAID,this fair-skinned daughter of an Irish mother and Irish-American father strongly identified with the vulnerability of such African "outsiders," known as "ghost children" or "zero-zeros" by many people in Tanzania but loved as "golden children" by their mothers. After growing involvement and extensive research on the subject, including in Tanzania itself, the writer has crafted an intriguing, realistic and informative young adult novel, "Golden Boy," about Habo, a 13-year-old Tanzanian albino boy and his family.

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!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Susan@Asante-Mariamu on June 28, 2013
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I am the mother of two children with albinism and I co-founded an organization to help people with albinism in Tanzania. So, it's fair to say that I am biased about this issue. I picked up this book with trepidation because harmful myths about albinism are often perpetuated by popular media. I needn't have worried - Tara Sullivan's book treats a difficult topic with restraint and grace. Golden Boy sheds light on the myths that surround albinos in Tanzania, and the danger they live with every day without resorting to sensationalizing the issue. The author draws a perceptive portrait of a young boy with albinism named Habo who struggles against poverty, prejudice and murderous intent to find his place in the world. This book could bring a new awareness to the plight of people with albinism in Tanzania.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joni K. Vella on June 29, 2013
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Golden Boy not only shines the spotlight on the atrocities people with albinism face in Tanzania, it is also the story of a thirteen year old boy's journey to self discovery and self acceptance. A must read for anyone (like myself) with albinism, their friends, family, and anyone who truly cares about how others are treated in other parts of the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deb on September 15, 2013
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Loved this book. I was not aware of this problem prior to reading it. It is very well written and I had trouble putting it down. Great first novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet Jones on July 21, 2013
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Heart-wrenching, excellent writing style, fascinating insight into relatively unknown country and culture. not only for children and young adults. I had no idea this was going in in our world, and am delighted someone took time to write about it so eloquently. this book will make a difference!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann Griffith on June 30, 2013
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A great read for anyone wanting to look at the world from a different perspective. This is a book for young adults, and could lead to great discussions in lit./ social studies/ service learning settings, or just for personal reading. However, I am 60+ and will recommend to my book club!

Thanks for opening my eyes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A Wilson on September 27, 2013
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......while being entertained on every page of this remarkable story. Habo shows his amazing resilience as he is forced to embark on a terrifying adventure. On the way, he encounters characters, both good and evil and he has many choices to make. Being different has cost him much, but realizing his own self worth will surely inspire all young people to seek the same. I recommend this to everyone who enjoys a great read. Life lessons on many levels for all are cleverly woven throughout by Ms. Sullivan . Once I read the first page, I couldn't put it down. Waiting for her next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail A. Eichinger on September 14, 2013
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I so ooved this book. Habo is an amazing young boy with strength and a sense of humor that saved him many times over. The tradition and culture were vivid and fascinating. A true testament to family love.
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