The Other Side of Truth


Beverly Naidoo

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Discussion questions

  1. What kind of person is Sade at the start of this novel? How does she change as the story progresses?
  2. Do you think Mr. Solaja should have sent his family away long ago? Why or why not? Do you see him as brave or foolish and why?
  3. How does Sade treat her younger brother? How would you feel if you were in her place and suddenly in charge of yourself and your sibling?
  4. Why doesn't Sade reveal who she is to the social services authority in London? What would you have done?
  5. What are some of the challenges Sade and her brother face in London?
  6. What do you think the title means? What is the other side of truth?
  7. At the end of the story Sade thinks that their family would,"become like tortoises who carry their homes on their backs." What do you think she means by this. What does the word "home" mean to you?
  8. What do you predict for this family's future?
  9. What did you know about Nigeria before reading this novel? What did you learn reading The Other Side of Truth?

If you liked this book try

  • A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
  • Journey to Jo'burg by Beverly Naidoo
  • Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595 (The Royal Diaries) by Patricia McKissak
  • No More Strangers Now: Young Voices from a New South Africa by Tim McKee

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