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The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo

Book Summary

Two children escape violence in Nigeria to live in Great Britain with their uncle. Unfortunately, he never meets them at the arranged spot, and they are shifted to different homes, learning to adjust to life in the U.K.
The Other Side of Truth book cover
The Other Side of Truth

Book Review

This is a powerful story about survival and overcoming trauma and tragedy. It raises questions and points for caregivers and teachers about how to be patient and build trusting relationships with children in crisis. As I was reading this, I was sometimes frustrated when the characters wouldn't fully explain their situation, but it also made complete sense that they would keep silent, afraid of systems and consequences.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Resilience; Overcoming Tragedy
  • Change in Fortune; Refugees
  • Family Relationships
  • Trust

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

**Questions coming soon**

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