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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670786152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670786152
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up–The village setting of this novel evokes the rigid religious communities of Colonial times, but Berry cleverly sets her story in an unnamed time and place so the protagonist's anguish and the town's mystery are the focus. Sixteen-year-old Judith is still in love with Lucas, even after his father held her prisoner for two years and violently silenced her by cutting out part of her tongue. Another girl went missing at the same time and her body was found washed down a stream. Only Judith knows the truth of what happened to Lottie, but her muteness leaves her an outcast in the village, even from her own mother, and the truth stays bottled up inside her. Told from Judith's narrow, troubled perspective, the story unwinds in taut chapters that peel back what happened two years before and gradually allows Judith to find her voice again. The austerity of the village and its harshly judgmental inhabitants help sustain a mood of dread. Judith does find tenderness in surprising places, and these secondary characters relieve not just her isolation but also offer readers moments of fun and promise as well. Lyrical language, a good mystery, and a compelling heroine–this is a page-turner with substance.–Martha Baden, Prescott Public Library, AZα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Like all things in this cunningly stylized novel, the setting is left undefined; a rough guess is mid-1800s America. The characters and plot, too, are mysteries in need of unfolding, and Berry’s greatest accomplishment is jumbling the time line with confidence, thereby sprinkling every page with minor (or major) revelations. These trappings gild a not-that-unusual melodrama: 18-year-old Judith pines for Lucas, who has chosen another girl. Perhaps this is because Judith is mute, her tongue having been cut off by a madman—who just happened to be Lucas’ father. A few frustrating misunderstandings aside, the story gracefully incorporates everything from the right to education to the horrors of war to the freedom that comes along with acquiring language. What will stick in most readers’ minds, though, is the first-person prose, which ranges from the unusually insightful (“We were four people: the children we’d been, and grown strangers now”) to the just plain pretty (“Will her china face turn bronze beside you as you labor in your fields?”). A strange but satisfying—and relatively singular—mix. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus

More About the Author

Julie Berry grew up in western New York. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. She now lives in eastern Massachusetts with her husband and four young sons.

"All the Truth That's in Me" (September 2013, Viking) is Julie's first YA novel. It has earned starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, BCCB, and the Horn Book. It's been named a Horn Book Fanfare title, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013, and a Junior Library Guild selection. It's been nominated for a Carnegie Medal and a YALSA BFYA award. It's being published in 12 international countries and territories. Julie is also the author of "The Amaranth Enchantment" and "Secondhand Charm" (Bloomsbury) and the "Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys" series (Penguin Books for Young Readers). A forthcoming middle grade release is "The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place" (Fall 2014, Roaring Brook). Julie's works appear in audio and international versions worldwide.

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Such a beautiful and uniquely written book that I couldn't put down!
Short chapters make the story go by very quickly, which is a good thing because I was rushing through the book trying to figure out what REALLY happened to Judith.
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I became so attatched to Judith, the main character, and her story is a very traumatic one.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2013
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All the Truth That's In Me is a riveting read. The author's unconventional plotting, stylish prose and fully realized characters make this story compelling and hard to put down. Although this is a historical piece, the exact time period is never defined, providing just one of the many enigmatic elements of this plot. Still, the author completely creates a time and place that are real and vibrant with just a few well-placed sentences.

Judith tells a story that is at times horrifying as we bounce around on a timeline of events that include her abduction, maiming, and return. I quickly found myself fully invested in her story, raging against her mistreatment, becoming frustrated at random misunderstandings that seem to always get in her way, and celebrating with her small triumphs. Her resilience is astounding and her courage memorable.

There's a good mystery to be had in these pages that serves to complete what was a very enjoyable read. Young teens up to adults will all enjoy this story of a young woman struggling to find a future for herself while learning to cope with all the truths of her past
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Knapp on November 22, 2013
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After reading some of the reviews, I was a little afraid to read this book. I thought it might be a trendy dystopian story, using the shock value of a sexually exploited teen. Instead I read a difficult but touching story with great depth and heart. Berry has managed to perfectly balance on a thin line: she writes with a maturity and depth that will deter surface readers looking for thrill. Those willing to stick with her sometimes convoluted narration are the very readers mature enough to handle the content. Those looking for an easy thrill will put the book aside. Score one for good writing.

Judith is an outcast in her village (I am not sure what happened to the world, but technology is pretty much lacking everywhere.) In the beginning she narrates the book to an unnamed “you” who is soon known to be the boy she has loved from afar. Something bad has happened to her, and Judith is physically prevented from speaking clearly. Who has maimed her? Where has she been? Who can save her village from an approaching attack? This book is for any teen needing a break from smash-boom-pow adventures with cell phone wielding teen assassins or teens recruited by the CIA to save the world. This story has brutal moments, but also shining moments of hope. Overall is touching and easy to recommend to older teens ready for a mature read, not so much mature in content (though it is) but also mature (in the best sense) in its style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ana J. on September 29, 2013
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All The Truth That's in Me is one of those books that come along once every few years. It's within my top 5 favorite books of this year- That in itself says a lot.

It's been 4 years since Judith and Lottie disappeared. No one knows exactly what happened to them, just that two years ago, Judith came back mutilated and not able to speak. The people she once talked with now treat her like an outcast. She lives her life in the shadows pinning after her childhood friend Lucas. He's the only one that somewhat gets her. Living her life in the silence is about to be nonexistent once Roswell station is attacked. The mystery behind why such things have happened to Judith start to unravel themselves. Will Judith continue to live her life in silence or will she finally make the choice to speak up and be heard? She's scared but is keeping quite really an option anymore?

I'm not one to read books with this type of topic but I honestly couldn't get enough of Judith story and trying to figure out what exactly happened. Berry stole so much of me with her words. I, myself, can barely find the right words to describe how hauntingly beautiful All The Truth That's in Me is.

Judith as our protagonist was absolutely marvelous. She may not speak, but she's very observant of everything that goes on around her. You get so much insight just by that simple fact. Every time I turned the page, I found out something new. I took my time reading this book because I wanted to savor every moment. It literally pulls the strings of your heart. You feel for Judith and you come to an understanding as to why such things have happened to her.
I came into this book with no expectations what-so-ever, but I can't even begin to express how emotional, gritty and real All The Truth That's in Me is. Days after finishing it, I still caught myself thinking about it. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Heckenbach VINE VOICE on August 13, 2013
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I'm so happy to be able to write a review like this again. It seems like I've been doling out some not-so-positive ones lately. And this book stands out in ways that I never expected.

The voice. Oh, the irony that the strongest point of a book about a girl that can't speak is its voice! But yes. Unique, strong, intelligent, gripping. I was pulled into Judith's head from the first moment, got to know her so quickly. Some readers may have issue with the use of second person--the main character telling the story as if she's speaking directly to another character, Lucas, the boy she loves. There felt at first to be too many uses of the word "you" but that slides away quickly because of the smoothness of the storytelling.

I could see and feel everything happening in this story. My heart pounded, I held my breath. I loved that the book wasn't just focused on exposing what had happened to Judith--it was about what she was going through after. There were flashbacks, of course, but just enough. And then everything comes together in the end, a full plot woven through and tied up just right.

This book is not "neat and tidy" though. It's gritty and real, emotional and terrifying at times.

Anyway, all I can say is, if this is the author's FIRST book....bravo.
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