Truth

Truth

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by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
     
 

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When an adult neighbor is brutally murdered during a high-school house party, everyone in school seems to have an idea who did it, but no one will go to the police. Jen was there and saw the body and she has her own ideas about who is responsible. As a reporter for the school TV show, she decides to try and uncover the truth and discover if a classmate's

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Overview

When an adult neighbor is brutally murdered during a high-school house party, everyone in school seems to have an idea who did it, but no one will go to the police. Jen was there and saw the body and she has her own ideas about who is responsible. As a reporter for the school TV show, she decides to try and uncover the truth and discover if a classmate's increasingly violent behavior is to blame. When she and others begin digging too deeply, violence flares in the small community. Finally, Jen is forced to take a stand, one that may cost her more than she could imagine.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
“Carefully crafted for reluctant readers, the novel is riveting, fast paced and suspenseful. It will especially appeal to female teen readers who will easily relate to the main character’s experiences...Kyi is deadly accurate in her characterization of teens and their code of silence. The subject matter and plot are complex, making the novel a satisfying read. Highly recommended.”
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"With a solid plot and likable characters, this novel holds the reader's attention all the way through."
Canadian Book Review Annual
"[A] tightly written hi-lo mystery...Recommended."
Children's Literature
Jen Forester, a senior in high school, finds herself in the middle of a murder case after attending a party one night. When news spreads of a party at Ian Klassen's home while his parents are out of town, every high school student in the small town of Fairfield, British Columbia gets excited and plans to attend. When the murder of Ted Granville, a local banker, becomes front-page news, the whole town questions who would commit such a horrific crime. As Jen begins to investigate for the school news television program, she finds herself questioning some of her closest friends as well as her boyfriend. An internal conflict develops, as Jen must decide between doing the right and moral thing and being loyal to her friends. Kyi's suspenseful presentation invokes the reader to keep reading until Jen solves the murder. Because the plot revolves around the murder, the reader does not see much character development. However, the story illustrates well the struggle between being honest, caving in to peer pressure, and speaking up for your beliefs. 2003, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 13 to 17.
—Portia Cohens

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551432656
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
731,093
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
HL630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

It was a redheaded man sprawled across the floor in Ian's parents' room, one arm up as if he'd rolled out of bed. His arm was twisted, and the back of his head was wet with blood.

Just breathe, I tell myself as I drum my fingernails on the dining room table. Don't think about it. If you think about it, Officer Wells is going to know. And he doesn't know anything. He's not looking for you anyway. I make my fingers stop tapping.

Meet the Author

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is a freelance graphic designer and writer. She grew up in Creston, British Columbia, but now lives in Vancouver.

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Truth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Puget Sound Council for a review copy. Jen can't get the image of the red-haired man out of her mind--the man she saw dead at a house party. She isn't surprised when a policeman wants to question her about the dead man at three in the morning. Who told the cops she was there? Should she tell what she saw or just keep quiet? Most people at the party probably suspect the same teen that Jen does but no one wants to make a stand against the bully. The writing is authentic to teen voices and emotions. It will be a hit with middle- and high school readers, those who need high interest-low reading level and also those who are looking for a quick mystery, teen drama read.
Jennifer Sloan More than 1 year ago
the book was good, but seeing as how it was only 55 pages there wasn't much chance to get into it. it was a good read, but shorter than what i wouldve liked. Not much character or plot development.
Spencer Carter More than 1 year ago
Is this book good at all? I haven't read it yet but it looks good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the title was best as it was. It explains to you that you should always tell the truth, no matter how much trouble you get your self into. The book was about a crime scene involving teenagers. And, i liked it because crime scenes are interesting exspecially the one in the book called Truth.