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The Truth Commission
by Susan Juby and Trevor Cooper


Overview - A Book Riot Best Book of 2015 So Far

Four starred reviews

-Susan Juby's The Truth Commission knocked my socks off. You should read it ---Gayle Forman, best-selling author of If I Stay
-Susan Juby is a marvel.
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More About The Truth Commission by Susan Juby; Trevor Cooper
 
 
 
Overview
A Book Riot Best Book of 2015 So Far

Four starred reviews

-Susan Juby's The Truth Commission knocked my socks off. You should read it ---Gayle Forman, best-selling author of If I Stay
-Susan Juby is a marvel. Wise, witty, and full of heart, her writing draws you in and won't let go. And just when you think it can't get any better, it does.---Meg Cabot
This was going to be the year Normandy Pale came into her own. The year she emerged from her older sister's shadow--and Kiera, who became a best-selling graphic novelist before she even graduated from high school, casts a long one. But it hasn't worked out that way, not quite. So Normandy turns to her art and writing, and the -truth commission- she and her friends have started to find out the secrets at their school. It's a great idea, as far as it goes--until it leads straight back to Kiera, who has been hiding some pretty serious truths of her own. Susan Juby's The Truth Commission A story about easy truths, hard truths, and those things best left unsaid.
* -With a deft hand and an open mind, Juby presents many layers of truth. This is a sharp-edged portrait of a dysfunctional family with some thought-provoking ideas about what is real.- --Publishers Weekly, starred review
* -A surprising, witty, and compulsive read.- --School Library Journal, starred review
* -Hilarious, deliciously provocative and slyly thought-provoking.---Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* -Juby's bright dialogue and vivid, appealing characters draw readers along as the three young artists navigate truths both light and dark, discovering themselves in the process.---The Horn Book, starred review
* -A smart, savvy YA novel about what constitutes the truth; its ideas will linger long after the last page.---Shelf Awareness, starred review
-I absolutely loved The Truth Commission. Every page made me laugh aloud, while all the time the tears were creeping up on me. The characters are so real that I wouldn't be surprised if they knocked on my door right now. I hope they do, I want to spend more time with them.---Jaclyn Moriarty, author of The Year of Secret Assignments and A Corner of White

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780451468772
  • ISBN-10: 0451468775
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: April 2015
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

In a story framed as a creative nonfiction assignment (complete with footnotes), Normandy Pale, a student at a prestigious fine arts high school, recounts the often harrowing and sometimes hilarious events of the first semester of her junior year. It all begins when Normandy and best friends Dusk and Neil form a “Truth Commission” in order to answer some pressing questions. Why did their pretty classmate Aimee get plastic surgery? Why is school secretary Mrs. Dekker so grumpy? Is Tyler Jones really gay? The trio’s strategy is straightforward: just ask the persons in question. Some are relieved to confess to the Commission, yet Normandy resists investigating the biggest mystery in her life: why has her sister, a famous graphic novelist, dropped out of college and returned home? With a deft hand and an open mind, Juby (the Alice trilogy) presents many layers of truth while evoking Normandy’s pain over being the subject of ridicule in her sister’s books. This is a sharp-edged portrait of a dysfunctional family with some thought-provoking ideas about what is real. Ages 14–up. Agent: Hilary McMahon, Westwood Creative Artists. (Apr.)

 
BookPage Reviews

The truth will out

I promised myself I would write this whole review of Susan Juby’s latest novel without using the word “quirky.” There’s so much more to the author of Alice, I Think than just her knack for writing about eccentric characters and borderline outlandish situations. There is plenty of both in Juby’s latest, but that’s hardly the whole story.

The Truth Commission is (supposedly) a book-length work of creative nonfiction, submitted as part of Normandy Pale’s Spring Special Project at Green Pastures, a prestigious art high school in a small Vancouver town. Normandy starts off by telling the story of how she and her two best friends prompted (or cajoled, or outright pushed) their classmates to tell the truth about themselves.

But all this compulsive truth-telling has Normandy wondering whether it’s time to tell the truth about her own family: Her older sister Keira, Green Pastures’ most notable alum, has built a wildly successful career on a series of graphic novels portraying Keira as a heroine and Normandy and her parents as grotesque losers—and, in many ways, serving as a self-fulfilling prophecy for their real life.

For Normandy, it is a frightening but essential process to force her family to confront the realities of Keira’s brand of “truth”-telling and the damage it has inflicted. Along the way, readers get a lively course in storytelling, the ethics of producing art and how (not) to write creative nonfiction, all delivered in Normandy’s hilarious, heartfelt and (yes) brilliantly quirky voice.

 

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