The Book of One Hundred Truths

The Book of One Hundred Truths

by Julie Schumacher


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ISBN-13: 9780440420859
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/11/2008
Series: Yearling Bks.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 886,205
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Julie Schumacher is the author of The Book of One Hundred Truths, The Chain Letter, and Grass Angel, a PEN Center USA Literary Award Finalist for Children’s Literature, all published by Delacorte Press. She is also the author of numerous short stories and two books for adults, including The Body Is Water, an Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award Finalist for First Fiction and an ALA Notable Book of the Year.

Julie Schumacher is the director of the creative writing program and a professor of English at the University of Minnesota. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in St. Paul.

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Chapter One

Probably because they didn’t trust me, my parents were grilling me at the airport in Minneapolis, asking all the usual travel questions. Did I have my backpack? Yes. Did I have the claim check for my suitcase? Yes. Did I need to use the bathroom?

“Guess what? They have bathrooms on planes now,” I said.

My father patted his pockets. “Do you need any chewing gum?”

“I already have some.”

“A bottle of water?”

“Dad,” I said. “This is kind of insulting.”

“Okay, I’ll stop. A magazine?”

Every summer since I was six years old, my parents had been sending me to visit my father’s relatives at the beach in New Jersey. They were always more anxious about it than I was. I liked eating lunch on the plane at thirty thousand feet, and I liked staying at my grand- parents’ house, which was full of lumpy, mismatched furniture and old-fashioned wallpaper that would have been seriously ugly anywhere else.

Yes, I said. I had a magazine. I had absolutely everything that a person going on a plane could possibly want.

But then my mother cleared her throat, opened a shopping bag I hadn’t noticed, and offered me a notebook. It was light blue, with thick, heavy unlined paper—a much nicer notebook than the kind I used at school.

“What’s that for?” I felt uneasy. I was already bringing a lot of things with me: a gift for my grandparents, a lunch and some junk food, my CD player and a dozen CDs, and several books that my father insisted I would want to read.

“It’s a notebook of truths,” my mother said. She flipped the pages of the notebook and held it toward me. “You can write anything you want in here, as long as every single thing you write is true.”

“What do you mean, every single thing?” I looked at the notebook but didn’t touch it. On its cover was a white star about the size of my fingertip. All around us, people were pushing strollers and dragging suitcases toward their gates.

“Well, I’m not talking about essays, or even paragraphs,” my mother said. She was standing very close to me; I could smell peppermint on her breath. “I’m only talking about observations. Write a few sentences at first. You can make a list.”

“Gee. A list.” I shifted my backpack to my other shoulder. “That sounds exciting.”

My mother didn’t appreciate sarcasm. “Notebooks are private,” she went on. I was almost exactly her height, and she was looking at me forehead to forehead, eye to eye. “That’s the best thing about them. You can write down any truths at all. Anything you’re thinking.”

“The world is round,” I said. “How’s that for a truth?”

My mother tucked her hair behind her ears and said that the world is round was a fact instead of a truth, and that there was a difference. She said she suspected I knew what it was.

“Time to get on that plane,” my father said. He clapped his hands.

Here was a truth: my father didn’t like goodbyes. He didn’t like train stations or bus depots or airports. I could tell he was nervous by the way he had been jingling the change in his pockets.

A tall blond woman ran over my foot with her rolling suitcase.

“We have one more minute,” my mother said. She straightened the sleeve of my T-shirt and pulled me aside. “You’ll be gone for three weeks. Twenty-two days. If you write down four or five true things every day”—she tapped the cover of the notebook—“you’ll have a hundred. A hundred true things.”

“A hundred,” I repeated. I had to admit that one hundred truths had a certain ring to it.

“You’ll feel better if you use this,” my mother said. “You never know what you might discover. You might learn something new.” Her green eyes were like matching traffic lights. “You might find out something new about who you are.”

I didn’t want to get into that kind of discussion. I took the notebook. It felt good in my hands; the blue cover was soft.

“Off you go, then,” my father said. He gave my ticket to the flight attendant, who wrapped a paper bracelet around my wrist as if I were two years old instead of almost thirteen.

I started down the carpeted hallway and waved. My parents, their arms around each other’s shoulders, waved back.

“We’ll see you soon,” my father said. “Call us when you get there. And have a good time. Behave yourself.”

I told him I would.

But I should probably mention something right now, before this story goes any further: my name is Theodora Grumman, and I am a liar.

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Book of One Hundred Truths 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Squid22Syd23 More than 1 year ago
this was a great book! it had a great story and was suspenseful at times! it teaches a great lesson and might change your ways on seeing things
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book book before and i love it
Julia Liseo More than 1 year ago
this book is perfectly fit for any pre teen!!! i would say ages 10-14 would be a good age limit fo this book. i could never guess what happened next becaus it brought me all over the place...... in a good way. the twist, and problem shocked me, because i couldnt guess what it was!!! i could really relate to theo because eveeyon tells their lies at times!
BookNerd29 More than 1 year ago
My mom gave me this book as a gift from my mom. I looked at the book and judged the cover as not my type. So I threw it in the back of the book I have. But, when I finally got to it, I was like ugghh, I have to read this. I started reading it and I was amazed. It was awesome! I couldnt believe it! It was soo adicting!! I learned never to judge a book by its cover. Whoever is reading this, you should definitely get this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book for girls whoo like to read about other peoples life but it is also a greay book for a parent who is having truble with thier child lying because thinks in this book can happen if you lie
JoIm0626 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
O.K. book. Interesting plot but I lost interest very quickly after a few chapters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A pretty good book. I chose this book because the cover looked very interesting and I thought would be a page turner. I thought it would be about a girl that writes down every truth she has ever told. This book wasn't exactly what I expected it would be about it was only a little. I don't feel exactly the same. Something that changed was it wasn't that exciting. This book is not as mysterious as i thought but is does have some shocking parts. The book is basically about a girl that has a problem about lying she lies to much her name is Theodora. And her parents give her this notebook and her mom tells her to write four truths a day in there for the summer. Also she has this cousin her name is Jocelyn and she loves to bug Theodora. This book is good to read if you are bored. Or its a good book just if you want to read a book and don't know which one to read. This book is pretty good. This book is not that long and tiring, then I would recommend this book. And if you like mysterious and page turning books then this book is for you. Also I think this book should be for people of ages 8 to 17.
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Theo is very smartcastic and makes the book funny
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