The Other Side of Truth

When Nigeria's corrupt military government kills their mother, twelve-year-old Sade and her brother Femi think their lives are over. Out of fear for their safety, their father, an outspoken journalist, decides to smuggle the children out of Nigeria and their new lives are filled with trials and choices about how to apply principles of truth which have been deeply instilled by their father.

This realistic fiction captures the experience of many refugees, effectively using the author's crafts of simile, cause and effect, and descriptive language. Potential concerns to discuss with young Christian readers include the mother being shot and killed, use of fictitious names, and Coke mentioned in passing, exclamation of "Oh my God" in fright(once); similes "Darth Vaders in alleys"(p. 74) and "like a genie from"; and reference to people praying to Allah (not the main characters).

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Beverley Naidoo
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ISBN: 0064410021, 272 pages
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Books & Booklets
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Instruction: Teaching Tools; Learning: Student Activities; Informal / Lifelong Learning
Grade 5-Grade 8
Teacher / Faculty, Student / Learner
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