Reviewed by Leslie G. (age 11)
I love this book because it shows that not everyone was treated equally and we should appreciate what we have and how people treat us in America. My favorite part of the book was when he found his true love, Winnie! Winnie’s character was a favorite because even though she knew that she could get killed, she still stood up for freedom rights and she still stood by Nelson’s side.
The book made me feel grateful for what I have because not everyone can afford going to school or buying new cloths. I can make a connection to when Nelson Mandela said “...days turned into week, months, and years...” because when I was waiting for my new glasses to come in, it felt like years. I liked how the author wrote because he used simple words for kids to understand.
I recommend this book to kids who love reading about history and love to see how people lived in Africa. Both genders can read this book because it does not have anything that is just for girls or boys. I think that this is a good book for 5th grade because some of the vocabulary and history facts are for older students. I don't think that adults would like to read this book because it is a very low reading level.