The Facts Speak for Themselves

The Facts Speak for Themselves

by Brock Cole


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This is the story of how thirteen-year-old Linda came to be involved in the murder of one man and the suicide of another. The police and her social worker think they know the answer, but they've got it wrong. Here Linda tells her own story. She sees her world and what has happened to her with compelling clarity. Her voice is direct, cool, and ruthlessly honest. She'll persuade you that she is neither victim nor fool - that the facts speak for themselves in this National Book Award Finalist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932425710
Publisher: Highlights
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Lexile: 600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Brock Cole is the author of two School Library Journal Best Books of the Year and has received numerous other awards and citations. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

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Facts Speak for Themselves 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
montano on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a powerful story. This young adult novel will keep an adult reader hooked till the end. This is no After School Special type teenage book with a lesson at the end. This is a complex tale with a young protagonist who has responsibilities beyond her years. Her narration of the events that lead to the climax build confidence in her mature voice. After the action is over, the reader must reevaluate all assumptions. A knock out read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was really great it has a good meaning through the whole book
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.