South Africa / 2016
This is one crazy book. I mean that in a good way! If you ever feel like going on a wildly unpredictable adventure, I suggest you read The Pavement Bookworm. It's the autobiography of Philani Dladla, a young man who went from being homeless and selling book reviews on Johannesburg street corners in order to survive and feed a drug habit, to being a published writer. It's part Born a Crime, part The Pursuit of Happyness. This is Philani's first published book. At only 24 years old, he is a voracious book worm who is committed to increasing literacy and education amongst South African children and youth. The Pavement Bookworm is unfortunately not sold in the U.S., but it can be bought online here. Click here to learn more about Philani and support the literacy education efforts of The Pavement Bookworm Foundation.