The Other Side of Truth Award-winning by Beverley Naidoo (author)

Suitable for 9 - 15 years

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Twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi are forced to flee their home country, Nigeria, when their mother is murdered because of their father’s criticism of General Abacha’s military regime. No longer safe, the children are smuggled out of Lagos under false identities, beginning a journey into an unknown world. Abandoned in London by the woman paid to protect them, they find themselves alone in a strange and hostile place, facing an uncertain future as asylum seekers… Guaranteed to touch a nerve, this is a raw and hard-hitting story of refugee children coping with a world of prejudice and loss.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal 2000.

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Date published

April 27th, 2000

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.3; Upper years; 9.0 points




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  1. monkey00
    on 1 March 2012

    This is acctually the bestbook i have ever read! It may make you emotional at times however it it brilliant it sort of brings to life the reality of some peoples lives and how lucky i am with mine!

    Hope You Enjoy Reading The other Side of The Truth as it is a brilliant Book!!!

  2. flossy1998
    on 29 September 2011

    This book is very interesting. This is because, I really liked the message ; about immigrants and ect.. But it wasn’t the wow factor for me so not particularly my sort of book. But if your studying about history and migration I definalty recommend this book. Because you get a real glimpse of life for Nigeria immgrints , not only them actually Africa. So Yeah good book read it not much people want to read it ! =]

    4 out of 5

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