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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Title

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Authors

Trevor Noah

Publisher

Spiegel & Grau

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9780399588174

Pages

288 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

Noah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life....

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL770L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Single parent; Step parent; Family violence; Biracial; Interracial; Race discrimination; single mother; step father; step siblings; abusive step father; physical abuse; biracial child; interracial parents; racism; segregation

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Black (South African) / White (German/Swiss)

Family Formation

single mother

Awards

Audie Award, 2018, Finalist, Audiobook of the Year

Keywords

South Africa; apartheid; Xhosa; religion; Christianity; languages; mother and son relationship; crime

Diversity Impact

direct

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood


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