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The Other Side of Truth

The Other Side of Truth

(2000)
A novel by

 
Awards
Carnegie Medal Best Book
Set during the Autumn of 1995 in the aftermath of Ken Saro-Wiwa's execution in Nigeria for alleged political crimes, Beverley Naidoo's frighteningly topical novel is a reminder about just how good children's teenage fiction can sometimes be. Tackling multiple themes--most importantly injustice, the right to freedom of speech, the complexities of political asylum, bullying and, ultimately, the strength of the family--The Other Side of Truth is a gripping story that undoubtedly deserves its widespread acclaim and success.

In turn, the narrative lunges from tragedy in the opening scene, to excitement as the young lead characters begin their bid for freedom, then to frustration as the seemingly safe haven of Britain turns out to be anything but.

Sade and her brother Femi are the children of an outspoken Nigerian journalist. When an assassination attempt on their father's life leaves their mother slain instead, their world is understandably turned upside down. The family must flee the country to survive. Sade and Femi are sent on ahead, escaping the country undercover as the children of a shady Nigerian woman called Mrs Bankhole. She unscrupulously abandons them in London and their only contact in this big, strange and alien capital city is their uncle--but he too is missing. With nowhere to go and nobody to turn to, they are soon swept up by the British legal system and Sade and Femi begin to wonder if they are any better off when they become the victims of bullying in their new, albeit temporary school.

A Silver Award winner in the 2000 Nestlé Smarties Awards, Naidoo's book is in many ways more than just a story. The author was born in South Africa and has written about that continent and discrimination before in a number of acclaimed books including Journey to Jo'burg and No Turning Back. She knew firsthand of the shocking situation in Nigeria in the mid-1990s through friends who were hopeful of a move towards democracy. She wanted to write about the effect of such politics on children and also, by setting a lot of the story in England, to draw attention to the fact that issues such as neglect of human rights and injustice are local issues too.

The book has a powerful tale to tell, tinged with enough echoes of truth to make it a compelling yet uncomfortable experience. (Age 12 and over) --John McLay

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2008 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: The Other Side of Truth
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 1-4395-0625-6 / 978-1-4395-0625-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-06-26
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March 2003 : USA Turtleback
Title: Other Side of Truth
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0-606-27397-2 / 978-0-606-27397-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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December 2002 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: The Other Side of Truth
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0-7569-8941-8 / 978-0-7569-8941-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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December 2002 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: The Other Side Of Truth (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0-613-59158-5 / 978-0-613-59158-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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February 2002 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Other Side of Truth (New Windmills KS3)
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0-435-12530-3 / 978-0-435-12530-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann
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September 2001 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Other Side of Truth
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0-06-029628-3 / 978-0-06-029628-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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September 2001 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: The Other Side of Truth
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0-06-029629-1 / 978-0-06-029629-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Other
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2000 : USA Hardback
Title: The Other Side of Truth
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0-329-31298-7 / 978-0-329-31298-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Beverley Naidoo
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Other Side of Truth (A Puffin Book)
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0-14-137735-6 / 978-0-14-137735-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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December 2002 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Other Side of Truth
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0-06-441002-1 / 978-0-06-441002-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
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April 2000 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Other Side of Truth
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0-14-130476-6 / 978-0-14-130476-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin
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Audio Editions

May 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: The Other Side of Truth
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0-14-180382-7 / 978-0-14-180382-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

March 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Other Side of Truth
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
Publisher: HarperCollins
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July 2007 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Other Side of Truth
Author(s): Beverley Naidoo
Publisher: Puffin
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