Diamond Boy
Diamond Boy

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Annotation: When Patson's family moves to Marange region of Zimbabwe, he begins working in the mines, searching for blood diamonds, until government soldiers arrive and Patson is forced to journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister and a better life.
Catalog Number: #118910
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 384 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-32069-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-93903-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-32069-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-93903-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2013042071
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
All Formats: Search
Word Count: 86,952
Reading Level: 5.5
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.5 / points: 13.0 / quiz: 170671 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.4 / points:21.0 / quiz:Q65403
Lexile: HL820L
Guided Reading Level: K

Educator's Guide: Diamond Boy Educator's Guide

My father says that a journey should always change your life in some way. Well, when you have nothing, I suppose a journey promises everything.

"Diamonds for everyone." That's what fifteen-year-old Patson Moyo hears when his family arrives in the Marange diamond fields. Soon Patson is working in the mines along with four friends, pooling their profits for a chance at a better life. Each of them hopes to find a girazi, a priceless stone that could change their circumstances forever. But when the government's soldiers come to Marange, Patson's world is shattered.

Set against the backdrop of Zimbabwe's brutal recent history, Diamond Boy is the story of a young man who succumbs to greed but finds his way out through a transformative journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister, in search of freedom, and in search of himself.

A high-stakes, harrowing adventure in the blood-diamond fields of southern Africa, from the critically acclaimed author of Now Is the Time for Running.


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