The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo

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Will the truth harm them -- or save them?

When Nigeria's corrupt military government kills their mother, twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi think their lives are over. Out of fear for their safety, their father, an outspoken journalist, decides to smuggle the children out of Nigeria and into London, where their uncle lives. But when they get to the cold and massive city, they find themselves lost and alone, with no one to trust and no idea when -- or if -- they will ever see their father again.

The Other Side of Truth is a gripping adventure story about courage, family, and the power of truth.

 

About Beverley Naidoo

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Beverley Naidoo was born in South Africa, grew up under apartheid and was arrested for taking part in the resistance movement. In 1965 she came to England. Her first book, Journey to Jo'burg, won The Other Award in Britain. For her book Chain of Fire she had to rely on reports and photos smuggled out of South Africa. The Other Side of Truth won her the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Bournemouth. Piet Grobler grew up in South Africa and has degrees in Theology, Journalism, and a Masters degree in Fine Art. Among his many illustration awards are a bronze plaque at the Biennale, Bratislava, the Octogone de Chêne (France), Primo Alpi Apuane (Italy), Noma Concours (Japan) and the IBBY Honour List in 2001 and 2006. He illustrated Beverley Naidoo's The Great Tug of War for Frances Lincoln, as well as Fussy Freya by Katherine Quarmby and All the Wild Wonders, edited by Wendy Cooling. He lives in Malvern, Worcestershire.
 
Published December 24, 2002 by HarperTrophy. 252 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Hoping only that they can hang on until their father can leave Nigeria as well, the two find themselves thrown into the social-services mill and taken into a foster home, struggling to apply for political asylum without endangering anyone in Nigeria.

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Twelve-year-old-Sade must flee her native Nigeria with her younger brother—after their mother is killed in a shooting intended for her father—and must learn quickly how to fight for what she holds dear.

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Sade, the 12-year-old protagonist of Naidoo's sophisticated and emotional novel, must flee her native Nigeria with her younger brother after their mother is killed in a shooting.

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Once I knew it was intended for children, it didn’t spoil my enjoyment – if anything it impressed me even more that such a worthwhile book had been targeted at a group who almost certainly lack the insight into the refugee experience that this book offers.

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