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the Other Side of Truth

by Beverly Naidoo
272 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by LLizzieG

A thought provoking read.

Plot

Sade’s father is a bold journalist speaking against the corrupt Nigerian government, and there are many people who want him silenced. After their mother is murdered, Sade and her brother, Femi, are smuggled to Britain - but nothing goes as planned. Sade finds herself struggling to make the right choices in a new country. Will she ever see Papa again?

Morality

Sade's father insists on standing up for the truth no matter the consequences. School bullies force Sade to steal from a convenience store, which later haunts Sade until she confesses.

Spiritual Content

None.

Violence

Near the beginning of the book, Sade's mother is shot by people hoping to silence her father.

Drug and Alcohol Content

At one point the children briefly see drunk men in the streets.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

I enjoyed this book and was impressed by it. While not a Christian story, it promoted good values and gave me a greater appreciation for the price some people pay for speaking the truth. I also appreciated reading a story that was mature enough for more advanced readers but didn't have any trashy content.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 11-12

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