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Burn My Heart

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Burn My Heart

By Beverley Naidoo

Amistad Press, Hardcover, 9780061432972, 209pp.

Publication Date: December 23, 2008


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.

Praise For Burn My Heart

“Naidoo does an impressive job of maintaining the child’s perspective on the rebellion. The resolution is poignant in its lack of resolution; the pain is left raw and untended, as it should be.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books