Judith disappears from her village and returns a couple of years later, unwilling and seemingly unable to speak. As she gains the courage and confidence to begin to communicate, her story is slowly revealed, one bit at a time. This is an intricately crafted, well written and intriguing novel for kids 12 and up that totally immerses the reader. And PLEASE, disregard the cover, if you can.
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.
This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.
About the Author
Julie Berry grew up on a farm in western New York as the youngest of a family of seven book-loving kids. 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. Visit her at julieberrybooks.com.
Praise for ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME by Julie Berry:
"Twines lyrical writing with the sharp pull of suspense to tell a riveting tale of a young girl's struggle to reclaim her life."—Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied “Powerful.”—Rita Williams-Garcia, author of One Crazy Summer
“While it is deeply poetic, the story reads like a thriller.”—Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution
"Every now and then, a novel comes along with such an original voice that readers slow down to savor the poetic prose. This is such a story." —Kirkus, starred review
"...suspenseful and haunting. [Julie's] poetic narrative will draw readers in, and the gradual unveiling of secrets will keep them absorbed." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Lyrical language, a good mystery, and a compelling heroine–this is a page-turner with substance." —School Library Journal, starred review
"Berry keeps her readers on edge, tantalizing us with pieces of the puzzle right up until the gripping conclusion." —Horn Book, starred review
“effectively combines elements of traditional genre literature to create a distinctive novel that includes a powerful message about the value of women’s voices and what is lost when they are silenced.” —New York Times Book Review