The Truth Commission: A Novel

By Susan Juby
Read by Kate Rudd

7.72 Hours 04/14/2015 unabridged
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    ISBN: 9781501230240

An innovative, side-splitting take on secrets and truth-telling Open secrets are the heart of gossip—the obvious things that no one is brave or tactless enough to ask. Except for Normandy Pale and her friends. They are juniors at a high school for artists, and have no fear. They are the Truth Commission. Then, one of their truth targets says to Normandy: “If you want to know about the truth, you might want to look a little closer to home.” This dryly funny, knife-sharp novel, written as “narrative nonfiction” by Normandy herself, features footnotes, illustrations, and a combination mystery/love story that will capture readers from the first page. Praise for Susan Juby: “Comedy rules in Juby's satirical, laugh-out-loud debut about a wacky home-schooled teenager who decides to try public high school…the biggest complaint readers will likely have is the pain in their stomachs from laughing. Hilarious.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review for Alice, I Think “Juby again demonstrates her ability to tell a story that's richly colored all the way to the edges.… Whether kids fancy themselves unlikely stand-up heroes or just wish there was one out there as they enter high school, they'll relish Sherman's endearingly dorky nobility.” —BCCB, starred review for Getting the Girl “Susan Juby is a marvel. Wise, witty, and full of heart, her writing draws you in and won't let you go. And just when you think it can't get any better it does.” —Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An innovative, side-splitting take on secrets and truth-telling

Open secrets are the heart of gossip—the obvious things that no one is brave or tactless enough to ask. Except for Normandy Pale and her friends. They are juniors at a high school for artists, and have no fear. They are the Truth Commission. Then, one of their truth targets says to Normandy: “If you want to know about the truth, you might want to look a little closer to home.”

This dryly funny, knife-sharp novel, written as “narrative nonfiction” by Normandy herself, features footnotes, illustrations, and a combination mystery/love story that will capture readers from the first page.

Praise for Susan Juby:

“Comedy rules in Juby's satirical, laugh-out-loud debut about a wacky home-schooled teenager who decides to try public high school…the biggest complaint readers will likely have is the pain in their stomachs from laughing. Hilarious.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review for Alice, I Think

“Juby again demonstrates her ability to tell a story that's richly colored all the way to the edges.… Whether kids fancy themselves unlikely stand-up heroes or just wish there was one out there as they enter high school, they'll relish Sherman's endearingly dorky nobility.” —BCCB, starred review for Getting the Girl

“Susan Juby is a marvel. Wise, witty, and full of heart, her writing draws you in and won't let you go. And just when you think it can't get any better it does.” —Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A smart, savvy YA novel about what constitutes the truth; its ideas will linger long after the last page.” Shelf Awareness (starred review)
“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)
“The narrative/book is smart, darkly funny, sad, and heartening as Normandy learns some hard truths, how to stand up for herself, and how to take charge of her own destiny. While there is no reconciliation in sight, there’s no doubt that the truth has set her free. A surprising, witty, and compulsive read.” School Library Journal (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.” Horn Book (starred review)
“Hilarious, deliciously provocative, and slyly thought-provoking.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review
“The power of the story comes through its careful exploration of exposing truth and its outcomes…and if there are truths best left unspoken.” Children’s Literature
“Narrator Kate Rudd weaves together Norm’s clever commentary, satiric humor, and breezy, erudite style…When the lens of truth focuses on Norm’s family, particularly on her manipulative sister, Rudd increases emotional intensity. Rudd’s dramatization emphasizes Norm’s development from passivity to assertiveness as she learns to stand up for her beliefs. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Susan Juby

Susan Juby lives in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island in Canada—the setting of almost all of her books, including The Truth Commission.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Humor
Runtime: 7.72
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Edition: English