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The Book of One Hundred Truths [Kindle Edition]

Julie Schumacher
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"I should probably mention something right now before this story goes any further: my name is Theodora Grumman, and I am a liar."

It's hard for Thea to write four truths a day in the notebook her mother gave her for the summer. Especially when her grandparents' house on the Jersey Shore is even more packed with family than usual, and her cousin Jocelyn wont leave her alone. Jocelyn just might be the world's neatest and nosiest seven-year-old, and she wants to know what's in Thea's notebook. But Thea won't tell anyone about the secret she has promised to keep--or how she lost her best friend (Truth #12), whose name was Gwen.

Now Thea has to babysit in the afternoons, and all Jocelyn wants to do is spy on people. Neither of them expect to see Aunt Ellen and Aunt Celia at the boardwalk in the middle of the day, or for their aunts to lie and insist they were at work. Could it be Thea's not the only one in the family keeping secrets this summer?

From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

As usual, 12-year-old Thea is spending part of her summer at her grandparents' house at the Jersey shore, but this year, she is going with a secret. Her parents, who know something is wrong, but not what, give her a notebook in which she can write "truths." In Jersey, things have undergone disappointing changes. All of her cousins are living at her grandparents' house, and Thea is stuck taking care of her seven-year-old cousin, Jocelyn, a bright little snooper whose eczema is spreading. Schumacher tries to intertwine two stories here: the disclosure of an almost tragic event that has turned Thea into a liar, and Jocelyn's determination to discover another secret that is floating around the summer house. In the end, both of the revelations are something of a letdown, but the process of discovery (bit by bit, information is dispensed in the 100-truths notebook) and Schumacher's strong characterizations keep the story going. Jocelyn is particularly well done; she's a tightly controlled child, and readers will respond to her fortitude, as does Thea. Ilene Cooper
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“Issues of secrets and lies will resonate with young readers. . . . A compelling novel.”–The Bulletin

“Strong characterizations. . . . Readers will respond to [Jocelyn’s] fortitude.”–Booklist

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Product Details

  • File Size: 195 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385732902
  • Publisher: Yearling (March 11, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015DWK0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,765 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True, true, true November 10, 2006
Thea Grumman, almost thirteen years old, has taken to lying. She told her neighbor, for example, that she didn't skate because she had an artificial leg. (Not true.) She told the school counselor, Mr. Hamilton, that she couldn't participate in gym relay races because she's Episcopalian. (Maybe true, but certainly not relevant.)

So when Thea heads off to stay with Grandma and Grandpa Grumman for a few weeks during the summer, Mom hands Thea a notebook in which she's to write 100 truths. Mom tells her, "'You never know what you might discover. You might learn something new...You might find out something new about who you are.''

Granda and Nenna Grumman's house is different this summer, however. It's packed with many grandchildren this time and Thea is not used to sharing. Moreover, she's expected to babysit, a job, she tells her grandparents and her aunts, she's not allowed to do. (Not true.) The relatives relent at first, but Thea can't help but notice she's left most days with her 7-year-old cousin, Jocelyn.

Jocelyn is one of those irritating/touching children. She makes her own bed, reads like a pro, is far too precocious for her own good, and wears white gloves as much for their aesthetic appeal as for their use in covering her eczema.

Jocelyn is sure "the aunts" are up to something and she coaxes, pleads, and begs Thea into helping her spy on them. Jocelyn is also fascinated by Thea's notebook, and the only way Thea can keep her cousin away from the book is by helping her spy.

Over the course of Thea's three-week stay, Thea writes her 100 truths, develops a fondness and an empathy for her odd cousin, and comes to terms with what was behind the lies.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of One Hundred Truths October 17, 2006
By Chris
Twelve-year-old Thea thinks she has everything she needs for her annual summer visit to her grandparents' home by the ocean; she's made this trip since she was six, so she knows what to expect. However, just before she boards the plane, her mom hands her one more thing --- a blue notebook. Her mom challenges Thea to write down one hundred truths over the next three weeks. This may not sound too difficult for most, but for Thea, it will be a struggle. About six months earlier, Thea started lying.

The first lie almost made Thea sick, but it quickly got easier. She lies about anything and everything, to anybody. Her parents worry she's going through a phase, but Thea shrugs them off. Then her teacher suggests seeing a counselor at the school. But he doesn't seem to help.

Thea's vacation starts out like the previous ones, and she listens to her two aunts argue all the way home from the airport. But she quickly learns that this summer will be different. First, she won't be staying in the back bedroom that is her favorite; her two older cousins have already claimed it for the summer. She won't be staying in the middle bedroom either, as her four-year-old cousin has settled in there. In fact, Thea would be sleeping in the attic, which is bad enough as it isn't so much a bedroom as a storage space. Yet to make it worse, she'd be sharing it with her seven-year-old cousin, Jocelyn. Almost immediately, Jocelyn becomes Thea's shadow, following her around and asking lots of questions, especially about her blue notebook.

But Thea doesn't want to share what's in the notebook. At first, she struggles to find truths to write down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and Lies January 22, 2007
"I imagined what it would be like if everyone had their own container of lies and once they filled it they wouldn't be able to lie anymore. My container was probably overflowing."

Lies come easy to Thea, rolling off of her tongue as smooth as butter. She doesn't mean to lie . . . or at least she doesn't lie to be mean. You see, something happened to Thea not too long ago, something she swore never to tell anyone else about - and she learned that in order to keep something a secret, you sometimes have to lie.

Every summer, Thea (short for Theodora Elizabeth) heads off to her grandmother's house and enjoys a few fairly quiet weeks at the beach. She's old enough to travel without her parents, but not without their reminders. This year, her mother presses a notebook into her daughter's hands and asks her to write down one hundred truths before her trip is over.

Thea figures out that she has to take note of four or five truths a day. That doesn't sound too bad. She thinks about things on the plane trip, then on the ride from the airport to her grandma's house while her two aunts have a fairly typical argument, figuring she'll have plenty of time to fill up her notebook while spending lazy days on the Jersey Shore by herself.

"Are you ready to face the crowd?"

When Thea arrives at her grandparents' home, she is surprised to see a dozen relatives residing there. Her grandma, Nenna, is as bubbly as ever; her grandad, Grenda, is suffering from Alzheimer's, notably quieter and slower-moving than before. There are the two arguing aunts, Ellen and Celia, who appear to be keeping some sort of secret from the rest of the family.
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