The Facts Speak for Themselves [NOOK Book]

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An uncompromising look at a sexually active adolescent adrift in a world where she is neither victim nor fool.

?The subject is a white female, age thirteen. Her score on the standard Stanford-Binet puts her in the low-average quarter of her age group. She appears to be in good physical health. She is small for her age, but sturdily built. She reports that her first onset of ...
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Overview

An uncompromising look at a sexually active adolescent adrift in a world where she is neither victim nor fool.

“The subject is a white female, age thirteen. Her score on the standard Stanford-Binet puts her in the low-average quarter of her age group. She appears to be in good physical health. She is small for her age, but sturdily built. She reports that her first onset of menses occurred seven months ago. Her periods are scanty and irregular. A long history of sexual abuse …”

Offended by her social worker’s report, above, Linda decides to tell her own version of her life and circumstances. The Facts Speak for Themselves is Linda’s story, an uncompromising look at a sexually active adolescent adrift in a world where she is more responsible than the adults around her.

HONORS
Deutsche Jungendliteraturpreis Nominee
National Book Award Finalist
ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers
Best Children's Book —Publishers Weekly
Editors' Choice —Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608980123
  • Publisher: namelos
  • Publication date: 9/9/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 178
  • Sales rank: 1,187,988
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 161 KB

Meet the Author

Brock Cole is an award-winning children’s author as well as a noted artist and illustrator. His latest novel, The Facts Speak for Themselves, is an honest, uncompromising portrait of adolescent life from an author with a startling ability to capture the poignant and confusing reality of today’s youth.

Brock Cole’s The Goats was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable Book, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and a Booklist Children’s Editor’s Choice. The New York Times Book Review praised it as “a beautifully written and persuasive first novel,” and the Chicago Sun-Times called it “one of the best novels of the year.” His second novel, Celine, was called “a masterful novel” by School Library Journal which named it a Best Book of the Year. It was also named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Booklist Editor’s Choice, a Booklist Best Book of the 80’s, and a Publishers Weekly Notable Childrens Book of the Year. Brock Cole lives in Buffalo, NY.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2007

    The facts speak for themselves

    The book was really great it has a good meaning through the whole book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    The Facts Speak for Themselves

    I thought the book The Facts Speak for Themselves was an ok book. It had some good points and some bad points about it. I liked the fact that I wanted to read the book more and more. It made me want to read on, because the things that the girl was saying were so outrageous that I wanted to hear what was going to happen to her next. Another thing I liked was how the girl told us everything. She told us what she was thinking, what she saw, what other people did, et cetera. It was very descriptive. I got some good imagery for the author describing things. She even told us some things that weren¿t even relevant to her story, like a big bird she saw and how certain people smelled to her. It was also good how the author just left a little detail hanging open in the beginning that he closed up in the end it tied the story together very well. Something I didn¿t like about the book was the fact that I couldn¿t exactly to relate to the topic, but I wouldn¿t want to either. If I were in a position like the Lauren¿s (the main character), I would be comforted to hear about other people with the same problems, even if it was fictional. The story was a bit inspirational in the way that, Lauren had all these problems and she still managed to survive. I also didn¿t like the fact that the story was kind of plot-less. The fact that it didn¿t really have a plot was because it was just a girl telling the story of her life. However interesting her life was, there still was little to no plot in the story. I would definitely not call this book boring, but I wouldn¿t call it extremely good either. Over all I thought this was a pretty good book and that it is worth reading. By Eve Liberatore :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2004

    A BOOK ALL TEENS SHOULD READ

    Brock Cole writes an unforgettable tale of a young girl and her relationship with her mother that leads to a relationship with an older man. In this book you will find the true meaning of a girl who risks all to loose all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2004

    powerful and raw

    This is an unsentimental and raw look at the life of an abused girl accised of being involved in the murder of a man who was abusing her. A compleeing read from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    if u dont read this book u dont no wat ur missing!! =-)

    I absolutley loved this book.My class was in the library one day and i saw the title and it was very intresting to me because it was longer then usual and a girl was on the front who looked kinda confused or disturbed or something...and i read the back and it mentioned the cops and i have also had a past with the cops so i was like hey this book might have something in here i could relate to so i checked it out and loved it.i was kinda astonished to see all those bad words in a book at a middle school.but it just brought more life to it because come on, these days every 1 uses bad language its the real world!!so all and all I would recommend this to any one who is like me!! and loves a books.u see its a kinda book that starts out with the ending and then goes into to detail of what happened and in the first page it makes u wonder "how did she get there?, what happened?, did she do it ? or who and why?" and she ask her socila worker if she can write her own prelimanary report about how she met mr.green and the other guy and what could of started this murderand it just says "the facts speak for themselves" plz read it or u dont no wat ur missing and brock cole props to ya!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2002

    really good!

    This book was really pretty good. I read it in about two days. There was just something about it that made me want to keep reading, like how on the very first paragraph they put the part where she is at the police station. That first paragraph was what made me want to keep reading the book. I wanted to find out what happened and why she was there. The author did a really good job making the book suspensful. I liked it because so many different things happened to her. It didnt just focus on one thing. There were some parts i didnt like because the author would add things out of nowhere. It made me confused and made the book hard to understand. All and all I thought that The Facts Speak for Themselves was a really good book and i recommend that your read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2000

    Captivating

    This is an excellent book, however you probably should be 13 and over to truly appreciate the storyline. This is a story of high emotional content and is on a pretty serious topic: rape. The young, somewhat naive, voice of the narrator is one which brings about a highly emotional atmosphere. I recommend it highly, a book you won't be able to put down, and one definitely worthy of your time.

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