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The Mzungu Boy

By: Meja Mwangi

Kariuki understands the rules of his Kenyan village. He knows that being late to school means beatings from the headmaster, that dallying on chores means facing his mother’s wrath, and that he must never do anything to cross Bwana Ruin, the white man who owns the farm where the villagers work. Then one summer Bwana’s grandson Nigel comes to visit and befriends him. Suddenly avoiding trouble becomes more complicated than Kariuki ever imagined.

ISBN: 0888996535

JLG Release: Jun 2005


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A story set in Kenya during the early 1950s. As a concluding note explains, much of the land at this time was held by European settlers, and native Kenyans were relegated to working as tenant farmers under "exploitative and demeaning conditions." Against this backdrop, the author created this story of a friendship between two boys, Nigel, white

A story set in Kenya during the early 1950s. As a concluding note explains, much of the land at this time was held by European settlers, and native Kenyans were relegated to working as tenant farmers under "exploitative and demeaning conditions." Against this backdrop, the author created this story of a friendship between two boys, Nigel, white and British, grandson of a brutal landowner; and Kariuki, a black Kenyan whose father works as a cook for Nigel's grandfather. The boys fish, swim, explore, and hunt together as they forge a quick and strong bond. But they are also caught up in the more serious matters swirling around them-the brutality of the colonial system and the pervading sense of mistrust, fear, and danger that culminates in Nigel's and, later, Kariuki's capture by men who are organizing an uprising. The pace is quick, and the story is exciting, action-packed, and full of detail. Elements of foreboding and suspense are seamlessly woven into Kariuki's first-person narrative. This is a riveting tale that introduces the landscape, history, and culture of colonial Kenya.
Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

Book Details

ISBN

0888996535

First Release

June 2005

Genre

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5" x 7 1/2"

Page Count

160

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.5; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.4; Points: 9;

Lexile

Level 700L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Groundwood

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