Book: The Boy Called Troublemaker, based on the Childhood of Nelson Mandela by Ellie Crowecategories: Book, South Africa, Racial Discrimination, Apartheid, Coming of Age, Political Biography, African History, Black History, Nelson Mandela
Ellie Croweabout this book: Nelson Mandela --legendary freedom fighter and revolutionary, first black president of South Africa and Nobel Peace prize winner--stated that his childhood in the Transkei countryside taught him everything he needed to know in life. This biographical novel brings to life Mandela's childhood and his tribal initiation at sixteen when he resolved to live up to his name—Troublemaker—and fight for freedom for his people.
I grew up in South Africa and on some weekends my family drove to the Transkei where Nelson Mandela spent his childhood. I have always admired Mandela and wanted to tell young readers about this amazing man. It is interesting that Mandela's nickname as a child was Troublemaker - yet this man received the Nobel Peace Prize. I loved collecting quotes from Mandela and stories of his life, and as a child I also experienced some of the strange things in the book, like running from the witch doctor!
Ellie Crowe is the award-winning author of Surfer of the Century, The Life of Duke Kahanamoku. For other books by this author see www.elliecrowe.com
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