The Other Side of Truth Paperback – 2000
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"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.
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.Read more ›
Their father is a journalist for a periodical that talks about the political corruption in Nigeria. Sade and Femi's father is the most honest writer of the staff. When he openly writes about how bad of a government the Nigerian one is, the government tries to kill him. But, instead of killing him they kill his wife. Later that day arrangements are made for Sade and Femi to be smuggled to their uncle in London.
When their plans fall through they are discovered by the police, but Sade and Femi make the decision to lie and not talk about who they really are. They are given to temporary parents. Their dad later joins them in London but is immediately sent to jail because of not going through the right immigration steps. The end of the story portrays true family love and is exceptionally amazing.
I really enjoyed this book for a couple of reasons. The first of which is that the author does a great job explaining a very confusing plot. The second reason I liked this book was because this sort of plot has always really interested me. I would especially recommend this book for anyone that enjoys realistic fiction; this book is at the very top of the line in that category. This book was one of the best books I read all summer and I would highly recommend it to anyone, even people that might not have enjoyed this sort of book in the past.
own experience are valuable to me. They open my
mind and heart to the ideas and experiences beyond
me. This is a book I enjoyed for that reason. I
am not very knowledgeable about African history.
Shadeh and her brother are home when their mother
is fatally shot. Her father, fearing further
attacks against the family sends them off illegally
to be with his brother in England. When their uncle
fails to meet them and the children are abandoned,
Shadeh feels she must hide some of the truth to
protect her father. Through a series of emotionally
draining experiences the family's story is told. In
the end, it reminds us that there is a reason sometimes
for people in desparate situations to not tell the
truth, but even then, it is the truth, from all sides,
that is the goal.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Denise
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by YEI
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2003 by A reader
This book has haunted me since I read it. It tells the story of two immensely likable young children forced out of their country and into a totally foreign culture. Read morePublished on June 19 2002 by 1.5 Trick Pony