The Other Side of Truth


12-year-old Sade and her brother Femi have to flee Nigeria when their mother is killed and their father criticises the military rulers. The woman who brings them to London abandons them and they are alone in a new, often hostile, environment.

ISBN: 9780141304762 Author: Naidoo, Beverley Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 27th April 2000 Imprint: Puffin Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.914 (edition:21) Pages: 227 Readership: Children - juvenile / Code: J Category: Subjects: ,

This is the story of 12 year-old Sade and her brother Femi who flee to Britain from Nigeria. Their father is a political journalist who refuses to stop criticising the military rulers in Nigeria. Their mother is killed and they are sent to London, with their father promising to follow. Abandoned at Victoria Station by the woman paid to bring them to England as her children, Sade and Femi find themselves alone in a new, often hostile, environment. Seen through the eyes of Sade, the novel explores what it means to be classified as ‘illegal’ and the difficulties which come with being a refugee.

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