cover artBibliographic Information
Title: All the Truth That’s in Me
Author: Julie Berry
ISBN: Hardcover: 978-0670786152
Publisher: Viking
Copyright: 2013

Book Details
Jacket Design: Vanessa Han
Jacket Art:
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, e-book, Audio
Page Count: 288 p.

•5 starred reviews from The Horn Book, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
•2013 Horn Book Fanfare title
•2013 School Library Journal Best of 2013 selection
•Kirkus Best Read for 2013
•A Boston Globe Top YA title for 2013
•Junior Library Guild selection
•Nominee for Carnegie Medal and YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults award
•Kids Indie Next List
•2014 TAYSHAS Top Ten Pick
•2014 YALSA BFYA Top Ten title for teens
•2014 Whitney Award Nominee

Plot Summary
The novel is set in a fictional “colonial” village. Judith Finch narrates the story in mostly present tense. We learn of her horrific abduction, loss of her tongue and her release by her abductor in the first quarter of the book. Her journey, and ours, is her finding her way and her voice. When the village is attacked, Judith returns to her crazy abductor and pleads for him to blow up the attackers. He does – saving the village and killing himself in the process. A romance with someone she has always loved completes our journey with Judith Finch. In the end she chooses her way and gains her voice.

Critical Evaluation
Reviews compare this book to historic and modern books about the consequences of truth telling for women: Lavinia in Titus Andronicaus, Cassandra in Greek mythology, Melinda Sordino in the modern YA, Speak. With much of the book written in present tense, it has a journalistic quality to it at times. While described in reviews as a harrowing, thrilling mystery it is also filled with lovely and poetic writing. The School Library Journal review calls it a “pinhole” narrative – we know and see little in the beginning and as the book progresses the pinhole widens and we see more and more until we get the bigger picture.

Reader’s Annotation
A shocking suspense, All The Truth That’s In Me, delivers a compelling narrative about the value of a woman’s voice. It is the story of a girl who survives a horrific trauma, finds her way through her emotional withdrawal after it, and from growth goes on to choose her life and what is best for her.

Information about the Author
Julie Berry, the youngest of seven children, grew up on a small farm in Western New York. Her family loved to read. Some of her favorite childhood books included: Charlotte’s Web, the Little House books, the Great Brain series, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, The Secret Garden, Just So Stories, Heidi, Alice in Wonderland, and A Little Princess.

She participated in athletics and music in high school and college. She attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where she majored in communication. She met her husband in college, married soon after, and now has four boys. After her fourth child, she returned to school and earned an M.F.A. in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of the Fine Arts. All the Truth That’s In Me is my first YA novel. She is at home full-time writing and being a mom.

Fiction – Suspense

Curriculum Ties
Women’s voices in literature
Colonial life
English – Present Tense

Booktalking ideas
Abduction Stories – Real Life and Fictional
Finding Your Voice

Reading Level/Interest Age
Interest Level: Grades 9 and up.

Challenge Issues

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