Hector
On June 16, 1976, Hector Pieterson, an ordinary boy, lost his life after getting caught up in what was supposed to be a peaceful protest. Black South African students were marching against a new law requiring that they be taught half of their subjects in Afrikaans, the language of the White government. The story’s events unfold from the perspectives of Hector, his sister, and the photographer who captured their photo in the chaos. This book can serve as a pertinent tool for adults discussing global history and race relations with children. Its graphic novel style and mixed media art portray the vibrancy and grit of Hector’s daily life and untimely death.Heartbreaking yet relevant, this powerful story gives voice to an ordinary boy and sheds light on events that helped lead to the end of apartheid.

Hector Details

TitleHector
Author
ReleaseJun 4th, 2019
PublisherPage Street Kids
ISBN-139781624146916
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Historical, Biography

Hector Review

  • Mikela
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. What a beautiful tribute to such a tragedy. Adrienne Wright does an amazing job of introducing young readers to Soweto culture in South Africa during the 1970's apartheid oppression. By cleverly using the perspectives of three individuals, we see from multiple angles how the ruling government hurts those most vulnerable. Beautifully illustrated is soft tones to contrast the harshness of oppression, this is a powerful nonfiction book that children can engage with in safe place, yet see the r Wow. What a beautiful tribute to such a tragedy. Adrienne Wright does an amazing job of introducing young readers to Soweto culture in South Africa during the 1970's apartheid oppression. By cleverly using the perspectives of three individuals, we see from multiple angles how the ruling government hurts those most vulnerable. Beautifully illustrated is soft tones to contrast the harshness of oppression, this is a powerful nonfiction book that children can engage with in safe place, yet see the realities of an imperfect and unbalanced world.
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  • Sheri Dillard
    January 1, 1970
    A heartbreaking story about a young boy, Hector, who is growing up in South Africa. He goes to school, plays soccer with his friends, helps out with chores, and is a loving (and well-loved) kid. But one day, Hector is caught up in a peaceful protest that turns deadly, and a photo from that day becomes a symbol that will show the world the racism and violence of apartheid. A powerful story, beautifully told.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    An important story, no doubt, of a young boy whose murder during an anti-Afrikaans-in-schools protest and the graphic photograph of his body being carried influenced the anti-apartheid movement as a whole. To me, the story style was a little disjointed and was a bit hard to follow (hence the lower starts) but let me also say this story (and others like it) NEED to be told.
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  • Kim Chaffee
    January 1, 1970
    This book left me speechless. This amazing story is impeccably told through Wright’s engaging text and stunning art. Hector, an ordinary boy, is struck down at an historic protest against apartheid in South Africa. Structured with multiple points-of-view, this story is an important read, not to be missed.
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  • Elizabeth Brown
    January 1, 1970
    This is such an important story, and Adrienne Wright did a fabulous job at telling it. The illustrations are rendered well. Nicely paced and written with lots of descriptive narrative. Helpful back matter.
  • Becky Riley
    January 1, 1970
    Simply illustrated story of the death of a young boy in South Africa and how photograph brought attention to the world of the brutalities of Apartheid
  • Lesley
    January 1, 1970
    This acknowledgement of Hector's life and the heartbreaking photo that made such an impact on the world is an enlightening non fiction for kids.
  • MaryLibrarianOH
    January 1, 1970
    A powerful story about South Africa that most kids and adults are likely to be unfamiliar with. The author did research and interviewed family members about Hector and the events that day.
  • Shauna Yusko
    January 1, 1970
    Pair with Born a Crime
  • Sandy Brehl
    January 1, 1970
    An important story from recent world history. Well done.
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