The Other Side (children's book)

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The Other Side
Author Jacqueline Woodson
Illustrator E. B. Lewis
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher G. P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 32 pages
ISBN 978-0-399-23116-2
OCLC 42080178
[E] 21
LC Class PZ7.W868 Th 2001

The Other Side is a children's picture book written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis, published in 2001 by G. P. Putnam's Sons.


The narrator and protagonist of the story is Clover, a young African-American girl. She lives beside a fence which segregates her town. Her mother instructs her never to climb over to the other side. Then one summer, she notices a white girl on the other side of the fence. The girl seems to be very lonely and is even outside when it is raining.

Clover decides to talk to the girl on the other side of the fence. Both girls are not allowed to cross the fence, so they simply decide to sit on the fence together. First, Clover's friends will not let Annie, the girl from the other side, play with them but then all of the girls realize that the fence (a symbol for segregation) should not be there.


  • ALA Notable
  • SLJ Best Book
  • Booklist Editor’s Choice
  • 2001 Time of Wonder Award
  • IRA Teacher’s Choices 2002
  • 2004 Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Award (Honor)
  • California Young Reader Medal Nominee
  • 2003-2004 South Carolina Book Award Nominee