Patson arrives at the Marange diamond fields with dreams of finding a girazi, a stone so valuable it can change his family's life. First, though, he must stay alive. Map. Author’s note. Information about the Marange diamond fields. Information about land mines. Glossary.
JLG Release: Jan 2015
Awards & Honors
VOYA’s Perfect Tens 2014; 2015 Finalist, Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)*
School Library Journal
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 5.5; Points: 13;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 6.4; Points: 21;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Sexual Content: Reference/Discussion
Survival, Diamond mines and mining, Shona (African people), Zimbabwe,