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Sade is slipping her English book into her
schoolbag when her Mama screams. Two sharp
cracks splinter the air.
Mama mi? She whispersTwelve-year-old Sade's journalist father is a vocal critic of the corrupt government in Nigeria. When Sade's mother is murdered, her family sees in bloody detail the violent risks that come with exposing the truth.Her father arranges for Sade an
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 18th 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Katlynn It not so fun, but very interesting this book is quite good for people who are interest about human discrimination and the truth about this harsh…moreIt not so fun, but very interesting this book is quite good for people who are interest about human discrimination and the truth about this harsh society.
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Anna
Okay, so this novel was not at all like I expected (perhaps I should have read the flap more carefully) but it was still really good. It’s a surprisingly complicated and engaging story about a girl named Sade and her brother Femi who live in Nigeria but have to leave suddenly after their mother is killed by the government. Their father is a controversial journalist who is not afraid to speak the truth and, therefore, is not well-liked by the government. They meant to shoot him but killed mama ac ...more
Madeline
"Sade is slipping her English book into her schoolbag when Mama screams. Two sharp cracks splinter the air. She hears her father's fierce cry, rising, falling.
'No! No!'
The revving of a car engine and skidding of tires smother his voice.
...Papa is kneeling in the driveway, Mama partly curled up against him. One bare leg stretches out in front of her. His strong hands grip her, trying to halt the growing scarlet monster. But it has already spread down her bright white nurse's uniform. It stains t
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Layla
Aug 29, 2015 Layla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I remember being forced to read this crap in my year 8 English class, in secondary school. I hated it so much that once we had finished studying "The Other Side of Truth", I promptly forgot about it, until someone decided to remind me of it (they are not a friend).

This book bored me to death and I felt that Sade's narration was just so passive and lacking in any intimacy. I couldn't connect with her, so I ended up hating her because everything she said or did was just so pathetic and petty. I do
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Susan
Aug 03, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sade sees her Mom shot in the driveway of her home in Nigeria because her father who is a journalist has upset powerful people by publishing the truth. Sade and her brother are smuggled out of Nigeria to London to an uncle who lives there. But the woman who smuggles them out leaves them on their own and when they try to find their uncle, he is missing! They are alone in a foreign place and must find a way to survive. I think this book could teach us sympathy for the many students in our schools ...more
The Book Queen
Apr 29, 2015 The Book Queen marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Gah. This was so boring and the characters were so uninteresting and annoying - especially Sade; I had no sympathy for her at all - that I had to put it down. I thought I was going to love this, after the first page, which immediately caught my attention, but Sade's immaturity and emotionless narration really got on my nerves.
Elizabeth
Aug 24, 2007 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an interesting story of corruption in Nigeria, through the eyes of some children. Very informative and yet easy to read. I really enjoyed it.
Debbie
Jan 13, 2008 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sade lives in Nigeria with her mother (a nurse), her father (a journalist), and her younger brother, Femi. Her father writes articles for the last remaining newspaper in Nigeria that dares to publish the truth about Nigeria's brutal military government.

When their mother is killed by government gunmen, their father hires a woman to pose as their mother and smuggle them into London, where they will stay with an uncle. Their father plans to join them as soon as he can get a fake passport.

Sade and
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Den
This helps me on my around the world journey: Nigeria has now been visited.

Sade and Femi are smuggled out of their country for their own safety and away from everyone and everything they know after their mother is murdered by the government due to their father being a very out-spoken journalist who wants the world to know the truth about Nigeria. In the UK they are abandoned by the woman paid to deliver them to their uncle and when they finally get to his place of work, they discover he is missi
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Emma Long
Aug 08, 2012 Emma Long rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Other Side of Truth' is a harrowing account of how the lives of Sade and her brother, Femi, are turned upside down. The story it set during the Autumn of 1995 in the aftermath of Ken Saro-Wiwa's execution in Nigeria for alleged political crimes. Sade's father, a controversial journalist for the Newspaper 'Speak' is determined to unveil the oppressive military regime in Nigeria. In an attempted assassination on his life, his wife is shot in the chest and it is made known that the culprits wi ...more
Samir
Jun 05, 2008 Samir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo and it was a very interesting novel. The author keeps you in the book the whole time.
What this book is about is Sade and her younger brother have to flee Nigeria because of the civil war. They flee by themselves because their mother was killed and their father works for the government. Eventually they flee and get to London but then are abandoned by this person who helped them get their. What I liked about this book is about how r
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Liralen
Refugee stories seem topical at the moment, don't they? I imagine that if Sade and Femi arrived in England now, in 2015, their experience would be very different (better, worse, I don't know—but different) than in 1995, when this book takes place.

I feel a bit 'meh' about the plot. Despite complications, Sade and Femi seem to have really good luck in foster care, but much of the book is devoted to that struggle to fit in and so on, and...well, I kind of think Femi has it right: he takes a back se
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Noam
In this book the main characters face dangers, fears, and conflicts. I am a big fan of this book. It is really good because it makes you think about the challenges of some people in the world. I loved the context but I think the author (Beverly Naidoo) at some parts was too descriptive and then it got a little boring. The book is sad because you can never imagine something so terrible happening to you. Although the characters are fictional they seem real. In this book you hear about the challeng ...more
Ranyabelmaachi
Feb 19, 2015 Ranyabelmaachi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Febuary 18, 2015

There have been few locations in The Other Side of the Truth. The settings in the novel are Nigeria, Laos and London. In the beginning of the novel the story takes place in Nigeria, Laos. For instance it is where the government shot Sade’s mom because her father was a journalist who confronted what they said about economy. How they didn’t have enough money to pay local things. Another location in the book is London where the rest of the story takes place. It’s where Femi and Sad
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Life is perfect for a family in Nigeria until the mother is tragically killed by the government, this book takes you on a journey of the children going to London and their struggle to find their Uncle who was supposed to be waiting for them. Along the journey they encounter many problems like being ditched at the London, and getting into trouble with the police.

I could not relate to Sade, this is because i have never had to move country to live and i have ne
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Akua D
Jul 02, 2012 Akua D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Other Side of Truth is a story about a Nigerian girl named Sade who's mother was assassinated due to her father's political views. As a result of her mother's death the family are forced to leave Nigeria. The story follows the plight of the family.
This book was used to teach topic to year 6 and linked in well with refugee week at the school. The book can be used to teach a range of different subjects including English, Geography, PSHE etc.
Jessica Jose
May 09, 2016 Jessica Jose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ABSOLUTELY one of my favorite books I have EVER read. "The Other Side of Truth" starts off in Nigeria where Sade and Femi's mother is shot. At first its a giant mystery where Sade is confused of why the man had to shoot their beloved mother (which by the was an accident since the hit man was supposed to shoot their father for telling the truth in the newspaper he worked for called Speak). Then Sade and Femi had to go through being well hidden by traveling to London with anther woman. In London, ...more
Elisabeth
Mar 13, 2015 Elisabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, fiction, 2015
The Other Side of Truth tells the story of a Nigerian family's escape from their beloved home in Africa to England. The father is an outspoken journalist. He reminded me of the American revolutionists: he spoke out about the injustices in his country, he moved his press time and again to avoid discovery, and he was targeted as an undesirable element. The events in this book take place just after the sham trial and heinous execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, and Naidoo does a fine job of placing this wit ...more
Peter Nguyen
May 09, 2013 Peter Nguyen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A spicy, flavorful book which will sizzle your life. A Nigerian girl struggling, due to the murder of her Mama, in London with her brother, Femi, without any adult supervision. Action=packed with soothing but sizzling details. Words I've never heard before pops up occasionally. An amazing read of the truth. Beverly Naidoo really knows how amp up a story.
Samantha
Nov 29, 2007 Samantha added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: advisory-07-08
This book was about life in Nigeria during a time of struggle. Two children lose their parents at a young age and are forced to grow up rapidly. They have to fend for themselves. I think that by reading this book, I have become more greatful for what I have. I now see how important family is as well as safety in a country/ government is influencial.
Liz Murray
Jun 02, 2014 Liz Murray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this at the same time as I was reading We Need New Names and the dry style of this book left me a bit cold. As I read on I found myself more engaged with the story and with the protagonists. If I was reviewing this as an adult book I'd give it three stars but as a book for children I give it four. As the story unfolds the pace picks up and I quickly got to the end, wanting to find out what the future may hold for the family in the book. I can't remember off hand whether the sto ...more
Emma Radford
Jan 22, 2016 Emma Radford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some very powerful issues present in this Carnegie medal winner: is it ever ok to not tell the truth? Do we prioritise the truth over all else? Keep away or confront terror?

Naidoo explores the pain of being a refugee and clearly provokes all readers into realising this is not an easy problem to resolve. Too easily refugees can be written off as undeserving of our mercy and compassion, yet here all ages can witness that we need to employ our empathy sensitively. Sade's story is poignant and a vo
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Sara
Battle Book - I really like Beverley Naidoo as an author. The characters draw you in and if you've ever worked with refugees, it makes you think about their lives and stories and how little we know/understand about what they have dealt with and may still be.

This would be a great class book for an intermediate ELL classroom!
Hannah Liddle
I am shocked at the number of bad reviews for this book!

Although it may not have the most gripping storyline, it highlights important issues around lying, bullying, homelessness and asylum seeking. I enjoyed the book as a whole and think that it makes a change to read such a brutally honest story.
F
While the storyline was quite good, there's just something about Naidoo's writing style that made me feel annoyed while reading the book. To me, it seemed flat, repetitive, too simple and not very engaging. The issue brought up was interesting, but the tone of the writing made it boring to read.
Esha
Mar 07, 2014 Esha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book in the children's section of a bookshop and thought it would be majorly centred around the refugee theme. I think children's book have an amazing capacity to convey horror of reality for example 'The boy in stripped pyjamas' but unfortunately this book attempts to cover too much. It starts off with the horrors of a corrupt government and before you know it it's dealing with themes of racism and school yard bullying. It's too fast paced and there is little to none character deve ...more
Vona
This was a really good book. Tense and cliff-hanging. I really liked it, and it made me think about the people on the other side of the world going through a hard time because they are living in a corrupt country. I almost felt as if I was a refugee like Sade and Femi.
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Tam
Dec 15, 2015 Tam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
I think this book is pretty good. It talks about a girl named Sade and a boy name Femi and their adventure over in London. The story is told from the girl Sade's perspective her dad think it's not save in their country because of the war or something. Their mother got killed during the event o their dad sent them to London hoping that they'll be fine and that he'll come there after them. Sade and Femi got lost when they came to London their uncle is missing nowhere to be seen. And they got into ...more
Clare
May 22, 2012 Clare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teen book I read because I went to a talk with the author. Good and well-written story which I think is already used in many schools to tell the story of a refugee family from the 12 yr old Sade's viewpoint.....
Christina
Sep 24, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I had read this before as I'm pretty certain I taught it about 10 years ago, but I found I didn't really remember the story at all! My second reading gave me a new appreciation and plenty of ideas for how to teach it again. The story of Sade and Femi is particularly relevant with all the refugee issues that the world is facing at the moment and while their story ends a little to well for it to be credible it does open the door to lots of very important issues for teens to discuss and t ...more
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Beverley Naidoo was born in South Africa on 21 May 1943 and grew up under apartheid. As a student, she began to question the apartheid regime and was later arrested for her actions as part of the resistance movement in South Africa. In 1965 she went into exile, going to England. She married another South African exile; they have two children.
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