Books by Beverly Naidoo

WEB OF LIES by Beverly Naidoo
Released: May 1, 2006

Still negotiating their refugee status in England, Femi and Sade find that the arrival of their father hasn't solved all their problems in this sequel to The Other Side of Truth (2001). While Sade's voice previously held sway, now it is Femi's turn. Inveigled into helping shoplifters, smoking pot and spending time with the pushers as a member of their troop, Femi finds that being safer from political persecution in England than in Nigeria isn't everything he needs to survive. Sade, preoccupied with worrying that a woman from Sierra Leone is replacing her deceased mother, remains unaware of Femi's increasing criminal activity as Femi's talent at cover-up emerges. Understanding much of the cast and the situation depends on knowing the first book, which won the Jane Addams Book Award, but as Kemi pulls the whole family toward peril, the same taut suspense will satisfy previous readers. The cultural content is less this time around, but continues especially in the diary entries addressed to Iyawo, a sculpture that embodies home and reminds Sade of her mother. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

Workers from the International Rescue Committee retell the stories of 18 of the millions of children who, because of war, have fled their homes and are now living in camps in other parts of their own countries, in neighboring countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, or in new homes in the UK and the United States. Most are 10-15 years old. Some emigrated with parents and siblings; others have been separated from their families. Nearly all recall a larger house and childhood games, but many remember scenes of horrifying violence that accompanied their leaving home. Contrary to the suggestion of the title, many of these young people do not consider their current residence permanent; they look forward to returning to a homeland free of violence. However, their stories demonstrate their resilience, their enjoyment of new friends, their willingness to work at school and to dream. Maps and brief histories of each country's war are included. A section of black-and-white photographs enlivens an otherwise bland and somewhat formulaic text. It is hard to imagine a wide readership for this well-meant collection but, as Naidoo reminds in an introduction, these children challenge us not to look away. (Nonfiction. 11-15)Read full book review >