Book Review: The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo


Genre: Historical Fiction
Ages: 10 and Up

     I was so inspired by this novel. It was a beautifully written refugee story, with a heartwarming ending. I had never read a book about this particular topic, or one that took place in Nigeria. It was interesting for me, to read about the Nigerian culture, and to understand what it was like for people to live under a corrupt military government. This novel really made me feel sympathetic for those who have had to flee their countries, and I believe this book is one that everyone should read. In the future I hope to read more novels by Beverly Naidoo, just as powerful as this one.

     Sade's father is an outspoken Nigerian journalist, who writes articles about their corrupt military government. Her family had always managed to deal with the risks that they took, that is, until the soldiers came and killed her mother. Now, Sade and her brother Femi have no choice but to leave Nigeria, and seek safety in London. Once there, they find themselves helpless and alone, and hope to someday be reunited with their father.

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