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.