The Truth Commission

The Truth Commission

eBook - 2015
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As a project for her "creative non-fiction module" at a school for the arts, Normandy Pale chronicles the work of the Truth Commission, through which she and her two best friends ask classmates and faculty about various open secrets, while Norm's famous sister reveals some very unsettling truths of her own.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking Books for Young Readers, 2015.
ISBN: 9780698151024
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dec 15, 2015

There are truths found in books or films when some writer puts exactly the right words together and it’s like their pen turned sword and pierced you right through the heart.

Dec 15, 2015

“Our families are often the thing that keep us stuck,” said Dusk. “If I bought into my family’s agenda, I would –“
“Be getting better than a C in biology right now,” I said.
“C-minus,” Dusk corrected.

Dec 15, 2015

. . . I feel it’s important to point out that lying is not the same as not telling the truth. Leaving things unsaid is part of being a civilized person, at least according to me.

Dec 15, 2015

The thought was laughable. Or maybe it was cryable.


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SPL_Childrens Jun 23, 2016

A review of this book, published in the Stratford Gazette in May 2016, can be found in the "Summary" section.

Dec 15, 2015

I liked reading about narrator Normandy and her high school friends a lot more than I did the storyline about her older sister, talented, narcissistic college drop out Keira. I didn't understand the outrage over Keira's nasty depictions of her family in her graphic novels, which were works of fiction, instead of at her actual behaviour, which was disturbing to say the least. The balance between humour and seriousness, and the ending, didn't work for me. That said, I would read another book about Norm and her friends.

Jun 21, 2015

I won this book from the Susan and Susin contest, and, tbh, I wasn't expecting much. However, when I started reading, I fell more and more in love with the characters and the story. They are all so real, especially the protagonist, Normandy. I love an imperfect main character. Gave me a bunch of laughs and tears. Definitely recommend!


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SPL_Childrens Jun 23, 2016

The title of Susan Juby’s new book may sound like a report from a government inquiry, but The Truth Commission is actually a hilarious story which can be briefly summarized by its subtitle: “Or, How Three Intrepid Art Students Got to the Bottom of One Unexpectedly Dark Secret”.
Told from the point of view of student Normandy Pale in a series of journal entries, the book is an account of the Truth Commission, formed by Normandy and two friends, Neil and Dusk. Its purpose? The Commission is intended to uncover secrets within their school, an art college, through “direct dialogue” instead of rumors, destructive gossip and unfounded assumptions.
As one can imagine, some unexpected (and laughable) secrets and “truths” are uncovered through these best intentions.
In contrast, Normandy’s family life is a struggle right now, involving a troublesome older sister who has recently published a graphic novel that falsely portrays her own family – including Normandy – in very unflattering ways. It’s an embarrassing situation, a reason why Normandy comes up with the idea of a “truth commission” at her school.
With its witty dialogue, wry humor, realistic characters and a thoroughly unanticipated conclusion, this is an original, thoughtful novel which explores some interesting “truths about truth.” Sometimes the truth can set you free; sometimes it can confine you. Some truths are best kept private, and some should not be kept secret … but as a teen, how do you know the difference between the two?
The Truth Commission is a well-deserved nominee for the Ontario Forest of Reading’s 2016 Red Maple Award. (Red Maple titles are generally intended for students in grades 7 and 8.)
** Recommended for ages 12 to 14 years.


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