BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND ROLE MODEL: This inspirational middle-grade memoir is based on Trevor Noah’s bestselling and unanimously well-reviewed adult memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.
ADULT BOOK SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE: Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, whose credits include 12 Years a Slave, Black Panther, and Star Wars, will star in the upcoming film adaptation of the New York Times bestselling adult book on which this young readers’ edition is based.
HUMOR: Noah’s childhood includes institutionalized bigotry, joy, sorrow, and violence, but his trademark humor shines through from an early age and readers will be laughing throughout.
EDUCATIONAL/EXTRA MATERIAL: Noah gives readers the why and how of apartheid and what black South Africans endured. Also included is extra back matter that consists of a detailed and accessible summary of the history of apartheid.
DIVERSITY: Will appeal to a wide range of readers, especially those who face adversity due to the color of their skin, economic hardship, and/or a turbulent family life or know of someone affected by these issues.
SOCIAL MEDIA STAR: In addition to his website (TrevorNoah.com), Trevor’s social media reach via Twitter (9.46M followers), Instagram (3.5M followers), and YouTube (765K subscribers) is strong and ever-growing.
UNIVERSAL APPEAL: Parents, as well as teachers and librarians, will be eager for kids to discover this electrifying and inspiring story where love, humor, and resilience can carry one through difficult circumstances.
"Through the foreign, the familiar, and the funny, Born a Crime is a piercing reminder that every mad life--even yours--could end up a masterpiece." --Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author
"His mother raised him with an imagination and showed that there were no barriers to whatever he wanted to be. Readers will find this journey through Noah's formative years humorous and exciting." --Booklist
"Startling in its honesty, humor, and humility." --Kirkus Reviews
"For readers who will appreciate the understand how a parent's love enabled Noah to become the successful man he is now." --School Library Journal
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