The Other Side of Truth
By Beverley Naidoo
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060296285, 272pp.)
Publication Date: September 2001
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schoolbag when her Mama screams. Two sharp
cracks splinter the air.
"Mama mi?" She whispers"Twelve-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 and her younger brother to be smuggled to their uncle in London for safety. On the streets of London, the plans fall apart and they are abandoned, passed from foster home to foster home. They try to contact their uncle but he is missing. Then they learn that their father has escaped to London to find them -- but he will be sent back to Nigeria, unless Sade can find a way to tell the world what happened to her family.Chosen by young readers as the recipient of England's prestigious Smarties Silver Medal, Beverly Naidoo's "The Other Side Of Truth" explores the issues of family, exile, and freedom with the same eloquence and stunning realism of her award-winning "Journey To Jo'Burg."
"Vivid portrayal of complex people caught in complex webs using their culture for strength in a time of need."