It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Comic's engaging memoir of growing up under Apartheid.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 13+

Provides incredible insight into apartheid and culture

I think highly of the book but wish we'd waited a few more years. I have a highly sensitive child - nearly eleven - and he's not nearly ready for it. I'll have to finish it on my own because after one tearful break he recovered from, he broke down a second time several more pages in and hurled it across the room. Most kids wouldn't have responded that way but I usually find Common Sense Media provides a good metric for me to gauge whether it's age appropriate for us or not. This time we were wrong. We were about 1/3rd in. I'd read that it was very funny so I thought this would offset the darker themes. At times it did so, but young children today who live in a less harsh world can have a harder time understanding parenting methods of a more traditional time and the violence of another context. The book tells such a good story and offers so much insight into apartheid that I learned a lot and wish I had waited several years before offering this to my son. Some spirits are more easily crushed.

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Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
2 people found this helpful.
age 16+
Humorous and thought provoking. Very insightful and interesting. Had a fair bit of language and a couple references to pornography and sex.
1 person found this helpful.

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