Beverley Naidoo: The Other Side of Truth



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Stic the way Naidoo wrote it but I really wanted to see Sade stand p to her personal bullies just like her dadThis is a compelling and moving novel A must read 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 p 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 bri Personal Response I read The Other Side of Truth I liked that the book was about a poor country with a corrupt government I also liked how the author gave me a point of view of the refugees I also liked how the author was so realistic with his descriptions and about the children and the situation they were in It made me sad knowing that there are so many refugees that go to different countries just like Sade and Femi just to be safePlotSade and Femi lived in Nigeria which had a corrupt government After their mother was killed Sade s father and ncle agreed that it was not safe for the children to stay in Nigeria Sade s father was a journalist and he published an article about the government This angered a lot of people which lead to the death of Sade s mother Sade and Femi later fled with Mrs Bankole to England where they hope to find refuge When they arrived in England Mrs Bankole abandoned the children and left Without any money and nowhere to go Sade and Femi decided to go to the college were their Behind the Throne (Morgan Crowe Trilogy, uncle Dele worked They found no sign of theirncle and went to find refuge in a video store but are mistaken for thiefs and the owner called the police The police took them to a foster home and the children were later fostered by Mrs Graham and then by a Jamaican family The children went to different schools and later became reticent to one another The children later found out that their father was caught trying to enter England illegally and was being held They later release him from jail and Sade had hopes that one day they would travel back safely to NigeriaCharacterizationSade was the main character in the story Sade changes at the way she looked at life and her country With her mother dead she became mature and knew what she had to do to survive and be safe When she traveled to England she saw England as a whole new world Sade and Femi were the protagonists all throughout the book The children had to leave their own country for their safety The Nigerian government was the antagonists At the beginning of the book they killed Sade s mother and threatened their familySettingThe setting was a huge part of the plot Sade and Femi were born in Nigeria to a bad government who later killed their mother Sade and Femi later travel to London England were they met new people The setting was very important for the plot because it explained why Sade and Femi had to leave Nigeria and travel to a secure country This story took place in the presentRecommendationI recommend this book high school students because it is a book that has to be read by mature readers Younger readers would not be able to comprehend the actual reality of this book This book is an interesting book that can be read by any boy or girl who likes a good fictional book 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 Sade sees her Mom shot in the driveway of her home in Nigeria because her father who is a journalist Eir 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

Sade and Femi find themselves caught in the centre of a political assassination when their mother is shot outside of their home by masked attackers Their father an outspoken Nigerian journalist must get them out of the country before they become targets too and chooses to send them off to their ncle in London promising to join them as soon as it is safe Yet their journey is fraught with danger abuse and mistrust and soon Sade and Femi find themselves alone in a foreign city Perhaps based pon the story of Ken Saro Wiwa who was executed in 1995 for speaking out against the military regime at the time The Other Side of Truth is an extremely well woven narrative around a family s refuge and escape from political oppression Told from the viewpoint of twelve year old Sade Naidoo whisks Captivated by the Millionaire us across to a familiar land to the reader yetnfamiliar to brother and sister a well considered and powerful device in this circumstance With no knowledge whether their father is alive or not we the children are passed from pillar to post within the care system whilst the story of their father slowly builds A Mighty Big Wish up towards a powerful climax that highlights the corruption with in their home country A novel for KS3 readers and above which sheds lightpon political oppression in other countries and introduces its readers to that need for justice and freedom It s been a long time since I read a middle grade novel that didn t make me want to tear my hair out because it s so plotless or there s no character development As an education student I feel like I need to make a list of the good ones that I can se as future read alouds in a classroom and well written middle grade novels are increasingly hard to findI was a little wary about starting The Other Side of Truth after reading the novel I read just before this as I knew this too was a young middle grade cultural novel I am happy to say I was proven wrongThe story follows twelve year old Sade Sha day and her ten year old brother Femi as they find themselves Nigerian refugees in London not knowing where their family is In a lot Gah This was so boring and the characters were so ninteresting 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 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 governmentWhen 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 The Italians Stolen Bride uncle Their father plans to join them as soon as he can get a fake passport Sade and Femi make it to London but are left alone when theirncle does not meet them at the airport After some scary experiences while wandering around a strange new city they are taken in by a government agency that works with refugees Not wanting to put their father in danger back in Nigeria they lie about their last name and hometown When their father makes it to London he is imprisoned for entering the country with a fake passport This is a beautifully written novel and the descriptions and metaphors are stunning The only part of the story that didn t work for me was the fact that Sade so brave and true to herself when it comes to bringing her father s story to light does the opposite when faced with bullies at school Perhaps it was reali. 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 Th.

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As The Greek Tycoons Mistress upset powerful people by publishing the truth Sade and her brother are smuggled out of Nigeria to London to anncle who lives there But the woman who smuggles them out leaves them on their own and when they try to find their Tikki Tikki Tembo uncle he is missing They are alone in a foreign place and must find a way to survive I think this book could teachs sympathy for the many students in our schools who have come from awful circumstances in their home countries and deserve our help and friendship I loved the stories and old sayings of Nigeria in the book Tell a lie play with fire but don t complain of the smoke Don t judge the village by the thief If the dog steals will you punish the goat Susan Huff Library Media Specialist this was a really hard read don t get me wrong i really liked it and the message behind is powerful and important but it was really difficult for me get through the first half where the children are mistreated over and over againi didn t know a lot about the political situation in nigeria back then and this book really opened my eyes and let me learn a lot about it i m also really glad that there s a happy ending both in this novel and in real life Nigeria where democracy was restored Okay so this novel was not at all like I expected perhaps I should have read the flap 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 accidentally and dad is worried they ll go over the kids next so they have to flee Dad arranges for them to be smuggled to London where his brother livesAnyway yes this is technically a young adult novel but I struggled to view it that way while I was reading The issues are actually really complex and you have to have a decent grasp on Nigerian history and politics as well as colonization and the relationship that England and Nigeria have in this novel It s not talked about explicitly but Bidding on Her Boss (The Hawke Brothers, unless you are aware of certain things I don t think the novel would make a lot of sense I thought the story felt very realistic overall and Beverly Naidoo was able to convey how the characters feltite well I thought it was interesting that a lot of the story comprised of the students experiences at school This part of the novel felt very YA to me but at the same time it s important for Hoofd in de wolken (Puffin Island us to realize that immigrants refugees in particular face a lot of challenges when they arrive in a new country They have to getsed to the customs often the language although Sade already spoke English in this novel and they have to deal with peer pressure and fitting in Other parts though all of the dealings with Mama Appiah Auntie Gracie their father in prison the immigration lawyer and others all felt way too mature for some younger readers I did feel like the ending was a bit too optimistic for my liking again very YA but I was glad it turned out the way it didI really liked that African proverbs were mixed into much of the story I think proverbs are wonderful especially for young adults who need to sort of infer their deeper meaning I would have liked for there to be a greater focus on Nigerian culture in this book and I realize now that I can t se it for the purpose that I had intended African culture themed book clubs but I still think this is a great book that I m sure I ll recommend to some people I m just not sure yet who. Hemselves 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.

Beverley Naidoo was born in South Africa on 21 May 1943 and grew up under apartheid As a student she began to uestion 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