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Far from Home by Na'ima B. Robert
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Far from Home

by Na'ima B. Robert

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Reading this, in particular Tariro's story, put me in mind of "Shabanu," similarly giving a strong sense of place and time and the importance of the relationship of Tariro's people to the land. Katie's story was disturbing in that the white Zimbabweans' beliefs about blacks is so at odds with what I know and my own beliefs. This also reveals a history and culture many young people are not familiar with and does so in a compelling way. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Katie and Tariro's worlds are linked by a terrible secret. 14-year-old Tariro loves her ancestral home in Zimbabwe, especially the baobab tree she was born beneath, and the boy she wants to marry; Nhamo. Tragedy strikes when the white settlers arrive, and her world is violently turned upside down. Thirty-five years later, 14-year-old Katie is the daughter of a white settler living on a farm with its baobab tree. Her life is fantastic, until the family are forced to flee to cold, rainy London.

The turbulent history of Zimbabwe is brought to life in this unforgettable and sensatively told story. It gave an insight into the history as news reports cannot. Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote DebbieMcCauley | Oct 7, 2012 |
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Tells the story of two fourteen-year-old girls in Zimbabwe, Katie and Tariro, who are linked by terrible secret as both their lives change tragically in different ways thirty-five-years apart.

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