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The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo
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Jul 05, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: death, multicultural, teen, tween, realistic-fiction, adventure

Sade and her brother Femi are sent away from Nigeria to London when their mother is murdered. Smuggled through the airways, when they arrive in London, they are abandoned and cannot find their only relative, their uncle, who was supposed to be waiting for them. I was captivated by Sade's ability to look after herself and brother while under the supervision of different foster families. Her bravery is inspiring when their father finally joins them, but is threatened with repatriation to Nigeria. I usually enjoy books that open my eyes to countries or issues that I'm not very familiar with, and this was no exception.
Readers who like a bit of danger and excitement might like this. Those who value bravery and standing up for what you believe in might also enjoy this story. The issues are complex, but Sade is young, so this would probably fit an older middle school audience pretty well.
Murder. Death. Bullying.

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