Two years after their flight from Nigeria, 14-yr-old Sade, her younger brother Femi and her father are living in a council flat in London, waiting for their claim for asylum to be approved. Sade is upset when Femi is drawn into a violent possibly drug-dealing gang, and even more upset when their father doesn't seem to notice. He's too taken up with his new friend Mrs Wallace, a refugee from Sierra Leone. But when Femi is arrested for murder, and the gang set fire to their flat, the family has to pull together to get through this most difficult time.
Beverley Naidoo was born in South Africa but has lived in the UK for many years. She became involved in resistance to apartheid when she was a student, and started writing when she was in exile in England. Her first children's book, the award-winning JOURNEY TO JO'BURG was banned in SA until 1991. In 2000 she won the Carnegie Medal and the Nestle Smarties Silver Medal with THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH.