Book Spotlight: Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

This Book Spotlight is featured because of it’s topic.  People with Albinism in Africa.  This book is one of those moments, where it makes you realize that the life you live is fairly sheltered.  I never knew there were issues of poaching human beings for their body parts.   Sure there’s the organ black market… but this!?  This is about killing albinos for their limbs, their parts, for good luck or medicinal purposes.  Much like the poaching of elephants for their tusks… human being treated like mere beasts… and it’s an outrage when it’s elephants.  I cannot even fathom the disbelief of finding out this happens to human beings.

But this book is more than just that.  It’s about love, acceptance, and self worth.  It’s about perseverance and tolerance.

Read it.  You must.  If you do not enjoy it, at the very least you learn something new about the world.

Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan

Golden Boy

Summary:  Thirteen-year-old Habo has always been different— light eyes, yellow hair and white skin. Not the good brown skin his family has and not the white skin of tourists. Habo is strange and alone. His father, unable to accept Habo, abandons the family; his mother can scarcely look at him. His brothers are cruel and the other children never invite him to play. Only his sister Asu loves him well. But even Asu can’t take the sting away when the family is forced from their small Tanzanian village, and Habo knows he is to blame.

Seeking refuge in Mwanza, Habo and his family journey across the Serengeti. His aunt is glad to open her home until she sees Habo for the first time, and then she is only afraid. Suddenly, Habo has a new word for himself: Albino. But they hunt Albinos in Mwanza because Albino body parts are thought to bring good luck. And soon Habo is being hunted by a fearsome man with a machete.To survive, Habo must not only run but find a way to love and accept himself.
 Comments:  The story may be fake – fictional, but the events resembles real life struggles.  Spanning decades and possibly even centuries.  Where fiction meets real life.
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