New York : Putnam Juvenile, 2013
||Habo is a 13-year-old Tanzanian boy
with albinism. His father has left home because of him and
his mother and brothers want little to do with him. Habo’s
sister is the only person who shows him any love or
In Tanzania, it is believed that albinos or zeruzerus have special healing powers. They are therefore hunted so that medicine can be made out of their body parts. One such hunter crosses their path and wants Habo for that very reason; the reward for capturing an albino is high. Habo’s condition has put him and his family in constant danger. Not wanting to be such a burden, he decides to escape and make the forty-hour train ride to Dar Es Salaam, as he has heard that they do not hunt albinos in the big city.
His journey changes Habo from scared child to brave young boy who realizes he has worth. As Habo finds a way to fend for himself and struggles through suspenseful and frightening situations in Dar Es Salaam, he learns about friendship, trust, kindness and the true meaning of love. (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher award, 2015)
|SUBJECTS: Albinos and albinism --
Human skin color -- Fiction.
Human rights -- Fiction.
Survival -- Fiction.
Tanzania -- Fiction.