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Beverley Naidoo
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4.0 out of 5 stars truth June 1 2004
By Denise
A truly sad book, but a good choice for the Carnegie Medal. It sweeps you away to England where most of the story takes place. You feel like your there. For ages eleven through around twenty.
The main character, Sade and her brother, Femi have to go to England after they saw their mother's murder. Their father is a journalist who writes the truth and Nigerian soldiers want him dead. They have to go to England separately and use different names. They get there but they can't find their uncle. Where could he be? They journey through the streets of England looking for any kind of shelter.

Where is their uncle? Who will take care of them? Will they ever get home to their family? Will they ever see their family again? How will they get over this terrible nightmare? Read "The Other Side of Truth."
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH: Emotional and Moving April 20 2004
By A Customer
A shape rose up from the deeper shaddows of the alley.
"Clear off! This place is mine!" the man growled like an old lion defending his den. His arm swept out toward Femi and Sade's bag and snatched it.
The children had no chance of retrieving their bag. They fled.
This is an exciting quote from Beverly Naidoo's THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH.
Without anyplace to go, or anyone to ask for help, the two Nigerian children are faced with a difficult situation. When their mother is shot because their father wrote the truth about the country's government, their family fears for their safety and ships them off to London to live with their Uncle Dele. But Femi and Sade's troubles begin when Uncle Dele is nowhere to be found. They are now homeless and desperate.
Eventually, Social Services takes them in, and puts them in a foster home. But Femi and Sade's troubles ane far from over. In the next months, they encounter racist bullies at school, cruel security personnel, and people who, little by little try to pry the truth out of them. All the while, Sade struggles with her emotions, and Femi is in a world of his own. But the real drama starts when Father tries to rescue them and ends up in prison, and Uncle Dele still can't be located. The children don't know what will become of them. They wish their lives were as they used to be, and that none of this had ever happened.
THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH is beautifully written with well developed characters. It illustrates the fate of many Africans far better than any history book coould. It's fast-paced and exciting. I'd recommend this book to anyone, although girls could definately relate better to the main character than boys.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side Of Truth March 31 2004
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"Papa is knealing in the driveway,Mama partly curled up against him one bare leg stretches out in front of her.His hands grip her trying to halt the growing scarlet monster.But it has already spread down her bright white nurses uniform. It stains the earth around them". That is a qoutes from the novel "The other Side Of Truth" by Beverly Naidoo. How would you feel if your mother was killed?
The main characters in tis book are two siblings from Nigeria names Sade and Femi. Their father was an outspoken jourlinest who wrote an article in the newspaper about Nigeria's cruel and corrupt governement. The government wasn't pleased so one day the government came and killed their mother. For the childrens protection they were smuggled into London by a woman pretending to be their mother. They were supposed to meet their uncle Dele there. For some reason uncle Dele wasn't there to meet them. Nobody knew where he was!
Sade and Femi find themselves lost and alone in London. They later get picked up by the police and have to answer questions on how they came to England. Both of them get put into a foster family and go to a school. In Sade's school to bullies pick on Sade and make her steal a cigarette lighter from her best friends' shop. Sade steals the cigarette lighter and starts to feel guilty. She doesn't know whether to tell her friend the truth or not. Look what the truth did to her mother.
I think this is a very powerful and deeply moving book. The author builds tremendous suspense. Beverly Naidoo in this story blends fiction with non-fiction. It gives information about Nigerian government and adds these fictional and non-fictional characters. I hear the authors voice, pervasively through the book and it feels like I'm in the main characters shoes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really great Book Jan. 18 2004
I really loved this book. This book is alittle different then other books i've read in the past. But since i'm still so young I'll probely think about reading more books like this. I would read this book if you were more of a girl. no offense to the boys. a girl is the main character and boys may not understand her feelings sometimes. I don't think you'll be dissopointed all you 11 and up girls out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of Truth Oct. 19 2003
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The mother of a family who lives in Nigeria is a victim of a drive-by shooting. The suspects are believed to be connected to the government, which the father of the family criticizes harshly. After the drive-by shooting, the father sends his children, Sade and Femi, to London to live with their uncle, for safety reasons. The children, arriving in London, find out that their uncle is missing. They become homeless, and struggle to survive. Exposing the reason why they came here, and who sent them, is too dangerous, but when it comes down to risking their lives, or their father's, they must tell their story bravely, perhaps giving up everything they hold dear.
Beverley Naidoo writes a tragic story that everyone will love. I highly recommend this to all ages, especially to 5th and 6th graders. Definitely a book to read, either for informational purposes, or just for fun.
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