Banned by the apartheid government in South Africa, this is the story of two children's courage and determination to find their mother and bring her home.
A provocative, eloquent story about the human spirit.
Publishers Weekly, USA
When Naledi and Tiro discover a number painted on the door of their house, they know there will be trouble. Bulldozers will soon arrive in their village.
It has the capacity to stir the emotions and remain in the memory long after other stories have been read and forgotten.
Junior Bookshelf UK
Escaping from his violent stepfather, twelve-year-old Sipho heads for Johannesburg. He has heard that gangs of children live on its streets. But does he know whom to trust?
Rooted as the story is in the Johannesburg streets, it is also about children anywhere who are on the edge.
ALA Booklist, USA (Starred review)
A shot. Two shots at the gate in the early morning and a car screeches away down an avenue of palm trees. A tragedy - and a terrible loss for Sade and her younger brother Femi, children of an outspoken Nigerian journalist.
Beverley Naidoo has struck home again, bringing together the critical themes of political oppression, exile, Africa and childhood. The Other Side of Truth has resonances of the execution of the Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa.... Not only a marvellous read but one that refuels the desire for justice and freedom within and beyond our shores.
From the Foreword by Jon Snow of Channel 4
Femi is in trouble. He’s got involved with a gang of older boys at school and the lies are getting deeper. His sister Sade suspects that something is going on. The streets of London are not as safe as they hoped.
The tragedy of Damilola Taylor springs to mind... a compelling thriller…. all the more impressive for treating children seriously: as people who are faced with challenging moral decisions every day of their lives.
Books for Keeps (5 star review)
Mathew and Mugo, two boys – one white, one black - share an uneasy friendship. This is Kenya in the 1950s and the Mau Mau rebellion for land and freedom is growing.
Burn My Heart moves, enlightens and reminds us about a time in British colonial history, a time of African struggle, that helps us to understand how things are now with a little more insight. And, most of all, it is a fine story of friendship, trust, betrayal and loss.
The Guardian, UK