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All the Truth That's in Me

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ISBN13: 9780670786152
ISBN10: 0670786152
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Speak meets The Scarlet Letter in this literary masterpiece, the recipient of five starred reviews and nominated for the 2014 Edgar Award

"“All the Truth Thats In Me is that rare magical thing—a beautiful love story told in spare, riveting prose.”—The New York Journal of Books

 

“The love story and the mystery . . . are mesmerizing. Berrys language undulates and flows. . . . Worthy of multiple reads.”—The Boston Globe

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.

 
Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who's owned her heart as long as she can remember--even if he doesn't know it--her childhood friend, Lucas.
 
But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal

 A 2014 Edgar Award nominee for YA

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten title

A Junior Library Guild Selection

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013 and 2014 "Battle of the Books" contender

A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book for 2013

A Horn Book Fanfare 2013 title

 A 2014 TAYSHAS Top Ten Pick

Review:

"This melancholy tale of a village outcast unfolds through the thoughts of Judith, who was kidnapped, held prisoner, and maimed by her captor. Two years later, she has returned home at age 18, but because of her severed tongue, she cannot explain her misfortunes or the crime she witnessed the night she was taken. Most of the townspeople shun her, and even her own mother acts ashamed. In some ways, Judith's silence protects her, but hiding the truth puts her and others at risk. Encouraged by an old friend, Judith is inspired to try to regain some speech. If she can find the means and courage to communicate what she knows, she and other innocent victims might find a form of salvation. Written as Judith's internal monologue directed toward Lucas, the boy she loves, Berry's (The Amaranth Enchantment) novel is suspenseful and haunting. Her poetic narrative ('There's nothing so bright as the stream by day, nothing so black on a moonless night') will draw readers in, and the gradual unveiling of secrets will keep them absorbed. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.
 
Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy whos owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesnt know it—her childhood friend, Lucas.
 
But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.
 
This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judiths passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.

About the Author

Julie Berry (www.julieberry.com) grew up  western New York. She holds a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband, four young sons, and two cats. She is the author of six critically acclaimed books for young readers. All The Truth That's in Me is her first novel for teens and adults.

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Reader Eternal, April 23, 2014 (view all comments by Reader Eternal)
This book was such a wonderful surprise. I picked it up on a whim and was completely, irrevocably, take-your-breath-away stunned from the very first word. Julie Berry's writing is so gorgeously lush, so beautiful in its deceptive simplicity. The immediacy of the narrative drew me in and would not let me go until the very end. The tension is pitch-perfect and taut as a bowstring until the very last page. The storyline is very original--- part mystery, part thriller, part romance, and wholly riveting. I'm amazed this book hasn't gotten more attention---it most definitely deserves it. I can't recommend it highly enough. You simply won't be able to look away---and you won't want to.
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Beverly B, February 25, 2014 (view all comments by Beverly B)
All the Truth That's In Me is not light entertaining reading. Far more compelling than most YA novels, it is disturbing, suspenseful and touching. It is the kind of story that stays with you long after you finish reading. All the Truth That's In Me is a hard novel to categorize. It is a mystery, has a setting that could be Puritan colonial America, and is a strong coming of age romance. I found myself thinking of The Scarlet Letter and The Crucible as I read the whole book in one sitting. Written in the style of a personal journal, Judith is trying to build a semi-normal life for herself back at home after the man who held her captive for years suddenly lets her go. Before releasing her, her captor cut out her tongue, so she is unable to explain what happened. The tyrannical pastor who rules the town tells the community to shun her as she is probably a harlot. Judith doesn't know why she was kidnapped or understand why her captor cut out her tongue, but she knows she is innocent of any wrong doing. Julie Berry does an excellent job of inserting subtle hints throughout the story to help the reader solve the mystery before Judith does. The writing is so beautiful and the voice of Judith so mesmerizing that it is easy to get caught up in Judith's turmoil. Judith's determination to find a place within her community is admirable. The other characters are also interesting and well developed. Again, readers who read carefully will figure out who Judith can trust, and who she should fear, before Judith does. Readers see the characters through Judith's eyes as she tries to reconcile the townspeople she keenly observes with the people she knew as a child before her kidnapping. Lucky for Judith, not everyone in town is willing to accept the pastor's judgments and gossip as truth. Lucky for the reader, the ending indicates there may be a sequel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670786152
Author:
Berry, Julie
Publisher:
Speak
Author:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Author:
Berry, Julie Gardner
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140819
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This melancholy tale of a village outcast unfolds through the thoughts of Judith, who was kidnapped, held prisoner, and maimed by her captor. Two years later, she has returned home at age 18, but because of her severed tongue, she cannot explain her misfortunes or the crime she witnessed the night she was taken. Most of the townspeople shun her, and even her own mother acts ashamed. In some ways, Judith's silence protects her, but hiding the truth puts her and others at risk. Encouraged by an old friend, Judith is inspired to try to regain some speech. If she can find the means and courage to communicate what she knows, she and other innocent victims might find a form of salvation. Written as Judith's internal monologue directed toward Lucas, the boy she loves, Berry's (The Amaranth Enchantment) novel is suspenseful and haunting. Her poetic narrative ('There's nothing so bright as the stream by day, nothing so black on a moonless night') will draw readers in, and the gradual unveiling of secrets will keep them absorbed. Ages 12 — up. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.
 
Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy whos owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesnt know it—her childhood friend, Lucas.
 
But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.
 
This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judiths passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.
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