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I can really only vouch for the medical aspect though, which is on point. I think Williams does a good job of accurately portraying a very real problem to an audience who might not otherwise be exposed to this kind of information.
It's accessible, approachable, enjoyable in that it's interesting, and not in a sadistic way and, most importantly, informative.
I do wish, though, that he had included either his reference list or recommendations for further reading at the end of the book.
The missing half of a star is mostly for the actual story aspect. Quick claims Williams, "buoys us with a realistic sense of hope and triumph," and I have to agree with all but one word: Yes, life sucks, the mines are brutal, greed destroys, and life and limb are lost in Diamond Boy , but you still end up with a relatively nice "happily ever after" at the end of the book.
Like I said, the hardships are portrayed in the book, but the ending is a little too neat and tidy for me.
Like, the fact that 1. Muti" somehow managed to hide said diamonds in his leg and expect him to find it, 3. I mean, I get it. Give the people want they want and all that, but how realistic is this kind of a story?
You can see the reason for my skepticism. Again, I get the compulsion to give Paton a relatively happy ending. I get wanting to have the young man caught up by diamond greed lose almost everything to learn about true worth.
We want things to come full circle, redemption and all that, especially in YA. I usually have no problem with that, but with a subject like this, don't we owe it to ourselves and to the people who actually live this to try to understand what their life is truly like instead of looking for a nicely packaged ending.
Give me a downer, give me and unfinished hopeless ending, give me life , but don't give me happily ever after and call it "realistic.
Plus, I gave him 4. Oct 01, Maura Parsons rated it it was amazing. The novel successfully touches upo Diamond Boy is definitely a must read in my book.
The note at the end was touching and perfectly sums up the lesson taught by the story: Feb 16, Matas Andrikonis rated it it was amazing. He was treated very unfairly in the mines he was beat and what he found was not his he was forced to give to the owners of the mines.
He found a couple of friends on his journey that worked with him and they all agreed that they will not give their diamonds to the owners even though it is a huge risk they are willing to take it.
One of Patsons friend ev "Diamond Boy," by Michael Williams is a book about a kid named Patson who worked in the mines and as you can by the title Patson mined diamonds.
Overall I really liked this book it can teach you a lot of things who to trust, perseverance and to take risks.
This book can really you find out more about modern day slavery and diamond mining. It can show you how lucky you are to not be in Patsons situation because well not very many people are treated like you may be treated.
I recommend this book to all people who are interested to learn more about diamond mining and modern day slavery.
This is a compelling story about a lad, Patson, whose family moves from the city to the diamond fields in Zimbabwe. His father has a job as a teacher, but the value of the money he's paid is so low that they are living in poverty.
Patson's stepmother persuades them to go to her brother who says "there are diamonds for everyone". Anyone who has followed world news knows about the terrible state of Zimbabwe's economy under Mugabe, and the dreadful conditions at various diamond mines and othe This is a compelling story about a lad, Patson, whose family moves from the city to the diamond fields in Zimbabwe.
Anyone who has followed world news knows about the terrible state of Zimbabwe's economy under Mugabe, and the dreadful conditions at various diamond mines and other mining operations in many parts of Africa has been 'common knowledge' for years.
Still, this is shocking. Williams has written a sensitive novel full of extremes, full of adventure, and full of hope for an individual's ability to grow through such diversity and suffering.
May 08, Rheetha Lawlor rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rarely have I ever been so caught off guard about something happening in the world today that I hear about, but never realize the true meaning.
Blood diamonds, conflict diamonds. That's what they are called. I remember hearing about it, and I was appalled.
And then it kind of went away. Patson, a 16 year old boy, is determined to help his father and sister by finding the girazi, a diamond large enough to earn a way back to school and for his father to continue his teaching.
But th Rarely have I ever been so caught off guard about something happening in the world today that I hear about, but never realize the true meaning.
But then the soldiers come, and it is no longer to help his family, but it is to save it. Definitely a book to read.
The diamond problem is haunting Zimbabwe, and it is scary. Aug 29, Erin rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was really well written and would probably be on my list for my top 5 favorite books.
It was about a boy having to mine diamonds because his father had lost his job. But when he starts mining, he keeps finding the most precious diamonds that people have been finding for years.
Because of all the rare diamonds he finds, they lead to bigger problems that he has to face. I'm pretty sure this would be the perfect book for readers who like realistic fiction books and adventure books but I s This book was really well written and would probably be on my list for my top 5 favorite books.
I'm pretty sure this would be the perfect book for readers who like realistic fiction books and adventure books but I strongly recommend it to everyone as it was a really great book.
Jul 27, Linda rated it it was amazing. I read this in galley form. I had traveled to Zimbabwe and the setting was all too real.
This is a companion novel to the author's earlier book, Running Out of Time. Proudly, this was inspired by a letter from one of our former NHS students.
The author credits her in his book. Aug 11, April Hoy rated it really liked it. Beautifully written book about a topic often unknown to this age group.
For 7th graders and up. All the African names and places may throw younger readers out of the book without the help of a teacher or background info, but besides that I have no complaints about this book.
The action really gets going in the middle of the book. A great read for boys! Apr 10, Jennifer Lisman rated it it was amazing.
View all 3 comments. Mar 30, Sandy Jones rated it it was amazing. This will change the way you look at diamonds forever. Great realistic look at life in Africa and the sad and dangerous desire for mining diamonds.
Dec 01, Jeremiahtruitt rated it liked it. Spoiler alert This review is about Diamond Boy. Michael Williams is the author of this book. It is realistic fiction.
Patson, the main character, thought everything was lost; his sister, father, diamonds, and even his left foot. However, he got some of these things back.
Patson and his family moved to Marange so they could get rich working the diamond fields. They worked at Banda Hill, a diamond mine owned by his step-uncle, James Banda.
He was working there Spoiler alert This review is about Diamond Boy. He was working there for 2 months and found 2 girazis, gems of high value.
Then the military took over the mines. In all of the action, many miners were killed, along with his father. About a week later, Patson found a third girazi.
A few days later, the commander of the army stationed in Banda Hill, commander Jesus yes, really said that Patson could leave.
Little did he know that he was being tricked. He ran into a minefield and stepped on one. This exploded and took his foot with it.
Then Boubacar, the person who helped them get there in the first place, helped him get to his sister in south africa. Her scout leader, determine, was trying to sell her and her troop into slavery.
She was the only one left. While he was rescuing her, Commander Jesus, along with his step mom, went to go take Patson.
Commander Jesus and his step mom were arrested. When Boubacar came back with Grace, they found out that the person who originally treated him put the diamonds in his wound, knowing they would be safe.
Patson cashed them in and became rich. The beginning was bad. There were too many plot twists as well. One is okay and prefered, but this many makes them predictable.
The beginning was too long. It took up what felt like the majority of the book. However, after the beginning is a good book.
It was a compelling story at least. Overall, it was an okay book. If I could change it, I would change the beginning.
Who knows, I may be the only one who dislikes the beginning. Other authors thought it was a good book. I might only think this because I have a stepparent and call him by his first name.
It might also be Something religious, as some religions require you to be more polite. I rate the book 3 stars, only because of the ending.
Michael Williams takes the reader to the diamond fields of Marange, after year old Patson is uprooted by his teacher father, under pressure from his new wife, to bring in a higher income than his teaching job.
The story then describes Patson and his father learning the ropes in the diamond mine, while continuing lessons at night in hope that he would be able to return to school Michael Williams takes the reader to the diamond fields of Marange, after year old Patson is uprooted by his teacher father, under pressure from his new wife, to bring in a higher income than his teaching job.
The story then describes Patson and his father learning the ropes in the diamond mine, while continuing lessons at night in hope that he would be able to return to school soon, and how a group of young miners come together to scheme at making some money of their own on the side.
Things start to take a turn for the worse though, when this rhythm is broken as the Zimbabwean soldiers arrive at the mine, seizing it and leaving Patson to fight for his life.
Describing the dangers of the diamond trade in Africa, the lengths through which miners are willing to go through to smuggle diamonds out of the mine for private sale in hope that this will net them a sufficiently big fortune to make a new life for themselves, and how greed can make everything go wrong for an individual, a community and even a country.
My only real gripe is how the copy I read has such a misleadingly happy yellow cover, despite all the grimness that lies in the story within.
A wonderful read, especially for those interested in Africa and the blood diamond trade. Jun 09, Massanutten Regional Library rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jessica, Grottoes patron, June , 5 stars: Diamond Boy tells the story of a teenage boy who is forced to move to the diamond mines of Marange, Zimbabwe by his evil stepmother.
It exposes the brutality of diamond mines overrun by soldiers, and provides an enthralling story of a young boy, forced to become a man.
Determination is a theme that runs throughout the novel, and it also highlights the importance of education. Just as I suspected this novel was a tear jerker, but I am so glad I read it.
What a great book! I also felt the main character, Patson, had a bit of a Cinderella type story. Feb 15, Deb Sheridan rated it it was amazing.
Diamond Boy surprised me with the intense level of emotion I felt as I read the story. Although it began slowly, I immediately connected with the main character and was curious and worried about his fate.
The story is told from the perspective of 15 year old Patson as he deals with his new life in the diamond mines of Zimbabwe.
It beautifully encapsulates the thoughts of an average teenager thrown into a far more dangerous situation than he could have ever imagined.
The author continued to exper Diamond Boy surprised me with the intense level of emotion I felt as I read the story.
The author continued to expertly develop each of the characters as well as the horrifying conditions associated with working in these mines.
The author's use of Patson's narrative, journal entries and texts is extremely effective. I was engrossed in the story and felt better educated about the corruption surrounding diamond mining in Africa.
This is a book that will absolutely remain on my bookshelf for many years. Mar 23, Alan Malcore rated it it was amazing. The main characters in the book are 15 year old Patson his dad Joseph his step mom, and his sister Grace.
Over the days Patson finds three Garazis, or perfect diamonds worth The main characters in the book are 15 year old Patson his dad Joseph his step mom, and his sister Grace.
Over the days Patson finds three Garazis, or perfect diamonds worth about half a million dollars , but all these diamonds came at an awful price.
Patient readers will forgive the somewhat jumbled final stretch. Families can talk about the violence and brutality of the story.
Does it affect you the same way as violence in movies, or does this seem different? Do you think the story dwells too much on violence, or do you think it shields you from the worst of it?
Parents may want to help children learn more about conflict diamonds also known as blood diamonds and the use of child slave labor.
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