Nomination: The Born Frees: Writing with the Girls of Gugulethu


Burge, Kimberly
. The Born Frees: Writing with the Girls of Gugulethu. 2015. 384p. W.W. Norton and Co., $26.95 (978-0393239164). Gr. 9-up
Burge receives a Fullbright Scholarship to start a writing group for young women in their late teens and early twenties in the South African township of Gugulethu.  As part of the first generation born post-Apartheid (called The Born Frees), these women explore the challenges that they and their community face of HIV/AIDS, sexism, classism, sexual abuse, and poverty as well as discovering their own agency and personal voice.

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