Burn My Heart

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Harper Collins, Apr 13, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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What does it mean to be loyal?

Mathew and Mugo, two boys—one white, one black—share an uneasy friendship in Kenya in the 1950s. They're friends even though Mathew's dad owns the land and everything on it. They're friends despite the difference in their skin color. And they're friends in the face of the growing Mau Mau rebellion, which threatens British settlers with violence as black Kenyans struggle to win back their land and freedom. But suspicions and accusations are escalating, and an act of betrayal could change everything.

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning author Beverley Naidoo explores the fragile bonds of friendship in this stunning novel about prejudice, fear, and the circumstances that bring people together—and tear them apart.

 

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BURN MY HEART

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Set in Kenya between November 1951 and March 1953, when indigenous Kikuyus fiercely resisted the British settlers who had stolen their lands, this somber story sheds light on a dark period of ... Read full review

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User Review  - brittgeorge - LibraryThing

Burn My Heart is a historical fiction book about a friendship in Kenya in the 1950s, during the rise of the Mau Mau rebellion. One white boy named Matthew is the young master of another young black ... Read full review

Contents

Its Our Secret Hey?
1
Trouble
20
Anxious Neighbors
31
Warning
36
A Storm Outside
45
Strangers
48
Spy
54
A Game of Mau Mau
66
Only a Little Fire
141
Caged
153
Ill Cut You Dead Forever
162
Speechless
165
Confession and Confusion
167
Breaking
177
Cries at the Fence
182
Burning
192

Brothers
75
A Night in the Gorge
90
Messenger
99
Lance Has Plans
108
A Secret Society
115
Accusations
130
AFTERWORD
198
GLOSSARY
202
KIKUYU AND SWAHILI NAMES
204
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
206
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
209
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About the author (2010)

Beverley Naidoo grew up in South Africa under apartheid. She says: "As a white child I didn't question the terrible injustices until I was a student. I decided then that unless I joined the resistance, I was part of the problem." Beverley Naidoo was detained without trial when she was twenty-one and later went into exile in Britain, where she has since lived.

Her first children's book, Journey to Jo'burg, was banned in South Africa until 1991, but it was an eye-opener for thousands of readers worldwide. Her characters in Chain of Fire, No Turning Back, and Out of Bounds face extraordinary challenges in a society she describes as "more dangerous than any fantasy." She has won many awards for her writing, including the Carnegie Medal, the Jane Addams Book Award, and the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults for The Other Side of Truth, about two refugee children smuggled to London who are also featured in Web of Lies.

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