Burn My Heart

Burn My Heart

The Mau Mau – the name of a secret society that once struck terror into the hearts of British settlers in Kenya. An episode in history that ended in a State of Emergency, with violent and brutal acts dividing a nation.

This is an intensely personal and vivid story of two boys: one black, one white. Once they were friends even though their circumstances are very different. But in a country riven by fear and prejudice, even the best of friends can betray one another . . .

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Beverley Naidoo explores new territory in this beautifully realized and moving story set in Britain's colonial past.

Title:Burn My Heart
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780141321240
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  • Becca Bassett-Shatto

    "'Is someone a leader who tells brother to kill brother?' Baba demanded." (87) I read this book as a requirement for my Young Adult Literature class. I had no idea that this was even happening in Afri...

  • Kelly

    Read in a day as a test read for one of my classes. A bit too didactic for my taste, didn’t love one of the two boys or their supposed relationship, or the writing. But an interesting setting that m...

  • Alyse Erickson

    This novel manages to not only inform the reader but also includes them within an engaging story. Beverley Naidoo does just this within the novel “Burn my Heart”. Naidoo raises very real issues wi...

  • Sovotchka

    "Burn My Heart", set 1951-53, details a bloody time in Kenyan history, when white settlers took land from Africans, some of which built up a military resistance known as the Mau Mau. The theme of this...

  • Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Natalie Tsang for TeensReadToo.comEleven-year-old Matthew Grayson and thirteen-year-old Mugo are more than best friends. Together, they have adventures in the Kenyan bush with Matt's trust...

  • Wisteria Leigh

    Burn My Heart[return][return]Burn My Heart will have you biting your nails and butterflies bumping against the walls of your stomach. This is a truthful, deeply serious and valuable contribution missi...

  • Natasha

    Burn My Heart is about two boys that live in Kenya. The problem is Mathew is white, and Mugo is black so they share an uneasy relationship. Mugo works for Mathew's father as a kitchen toto (child). Pr...

  • Heather Langendorff

    Burn My Heart is a novel set in Kenya in the 1950’s, about two boys, Mathew and Mugo, who live on the same Kenyan land however one is white and one is black. The two boys live in a time when the whi...

  • Gabe

    Burn My Heart follows the story of two boys, one a white settler's son, Mathew, and the other a Kenyan native who works for the white settler, Mugo. The two boys are friends at the start of the novel,...

  • Ben Biddle

    As historical fiction, Beverley Naidoo's story serves as a vehicle for bringing to light a poorly documented period of history leading up to Kenya's independence. The story juxtaposes two boys' experi...