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Web of Lies

Web of Lies

Spring 2006 Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Beverley Naidoo
ISBN: 0060760753
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Femi lives with his father and sister Sade in one of many ugly, gray flats in a tough area of London. His father, a truth-telling, brave journalist, is seeking asylum for the family in Britain from the same Nigerian government which assassinated Femi's mother.

Here, in Beverly Naidoo’s sequel to The Other Side of Truth, we find twelve-year old Femi in the seventh grade, wrestling with fitting in in this first year of high school. Through no fault of his own, Femi attracts unwanted attention from the leader of the local gang who admires his sister Sade’s beauty and demeanor. The gang leader's right-hand man, James, works to draw Femi into the gang and its “Web of Lies.” Femi’s futile struggle against the gang's unlawful behavior ultimately lands him in jail.

In this story about the strength of truth and the destructive forces of lies, readers of Femi and Sade’s lonely dilemmas in coping with a clash of cultures will find a tense and compelling story.

Kemie Nix   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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