The Other Side of Truth

The Other Side of Truth

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The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064410021
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/05/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 142,957
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Beverley Naidoo grew up in South Africa under apartheid. She says: "As a white child I didn't question the terrible injustices until I was a student. I decided then that unless I joined the resistance, I was part of the problem." Beverley Naidoo was detained without trial when she was twenty-one and later went into exile in Britain, where she has since lived.

Her first children's book, Journey to Jo'burg, was banned in South Africa until 1991, but it was an eye-opener for thousands of readers worldwide. Her characters in Chain of Fire, No Turning Back, and Out of Bounds face extraordinary challenges in a society she describes as "more dangerous than any fantasy." She has won many awards for her writing, including the Carnegie Medal, the Jane Addams Book Award, and the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults for The Other Side of Truth, about two refugee children smuggled to London who are also featured in Web of Lies.

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Other Side of Truth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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It is a good book. I am teading it in school ,but I bought the book, but it says it is a sample and will not let me read past chapter 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading this book in my class. Its really good
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elainerosencrants More than 1 year ago
The Solaja family live in Nigeria. Nigeria is filled with terrorism, and the family is affected very deeply by the terrorism. Mr Solaja is a journalist on a weekly newspaper. The newspaper publishes the truth about what is going on in the streets and government in Nigeria. Mr. Solaja continues to talk about the truths that he sees, even though he knows it could put his family in jeopardy. Mr. Solaja did not prepare for the day that started like any other. Before leaving for school one day, Sade heard a cracking sound and than a cry. At that moment Sade's life was changed forever. Her mother was shot while she was standing outside their house. Sade and her brother, Femi, do not have time to comprehend what has just happened, because their father does not feel it is safe for his children to remain in the home. The children leave the country, using fake names. Their father had to have documents forged because their passports were taken away. The children were suppose to move in with their uncle, Dele, in London. Their father told them that he would be joining them very soon. After arriving to London, the children cannot find Dele. The children are left in a strange country, all alone, without any money, just following the day their mother was murdered in their yard. The children were found by social services, but did not reveal who they really were and places them in a foster home. The children started to feel a little more at ease, and even began going to school, but decided to remain silent until they knew their father was safely out of Nigeria. In the end, the children are finally reunited with their father. The time that their father was gone, brought many hardships and difficulties. The children had to navigate a new land and try to understand their new lives without their mother. This book will keep you flipping the pages to find out what will happen next, and perhaps give a second thought to refugees.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really great book. I've recently lost some interest in reading and many books seem so boring to me now. However, for a class project we had to do a free read. This was just a random book I grabbed off of our library's shelf and I didn't want to stop reading it once I started it. This story captures you and you feel as if your heart is with the children in this book. It also gives you insight to harsh situations that are happening around the world that may be different from your own. I do recommend this book and I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In The Other Side of Truth, by Beverely Naidoo, many factual elements are presented. Although the main characters, Sade and Femi, are not real people, their story is the story of many: they snuck out of Nigeria to save themselves from the harsh political regime. The novel brings out themes of African political oppression, exile, and a harsh childhood. Although this novel is not as intriguing as others I have read, it shines a new light on your life. It reminds readers of how lucky they are to have a home, and how lucky they are to know that food will be laid on the table at all meals, and that they don¿t have to worry about their own safety like the characters in the book do. I believe that although the novel does not have mystery or intrigue involved, it highlights another theme that every one can relate to: loneliness. At one point or another we all eel alone, and because of this we can all relate to what the characters feel. The Other Side of Truth is an excellent example of what it really feels like to be an outsider, an exile, or simply different from every one around you. If you are looking for a heart-stopping novel then this is one that you must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Other Side Of Truth On The Other Side Of Truth every character finds out something different about them or their past. The book was a page turning book and once you start you will not want to stop. Back in time when there was a lot of hatred there lived two children. All the children are to get to a place were they can be free and away from all hatred so that they will not have to go through what they saw there own mother went to. The Other Side Of Truth Starts in a little town called Mayburn where a family lives and there is an uncle, mom, dad, grandma, and the two children. The children have just seen their mother be shot and killed in front of their house, on the front porch. Now the father and the uncle have to find a way to get the whole family to safety. On the way to England the kids go through many trials. And things happen to them. The story is a very good reading if you are into the way people used to live back in the 1930's and 40's. The Other Side Of Truth my personal opinion is that there are reasonable conflicts in the story. When you read the book its like you have mystery and a lot of conflicts put all together. The book makes you want to keep reading without stopping all the way to the end. The most effective part is the many different conflicts that happen to the whole family. The book really makes sense to me and I could actually understand, I think people should absolutely read The Other Side Of Truth. The book will not really make you aware of anything. Everyone has their own opinion about the book but the book to me does not really help you really help you realize anything. The Other Side Of Truth is really just a good book to enjoy and its really a page turner.