The Whole Truth, by Kit Pearson (2011)

Genre: Historical Fiction
Interest Level: 10-14
The Whole truth Set during the Great Depression, this novel begins with sisters Polly and Maud taking the train from Winnipeg to Vancouver. Their father has drowned in mysterious circumstances and they are now orphans. As a result, they’ve been sent to live with their grandmother on fictional Kingfisher Island, one of the Gulf Islands. Maud is 15 and about to start boarding school; Polly, who will soon turn 10 years old, will attend school on the island, a prospect making her very nervous. Will she make friends? How will she possibly cope without her father or her sister at her side? Making things worse, Maud has made Polly promise never to talk about their father – because of a secret only they know. “You must forget Daddy,” Maud tells Polly fiercely.

Chosen as the 2012 CLA Book of the Year for Children, The Whole Truth reads like an homage to Anne of Green Gables. It’s filled with loving family, close friendships and awkward moments, with choices right and wrong, and with a slowly emerging truth. And by the time the whole truth is revealed, both Polly and Maud have come to realize that life, love and people are complicated. With its charming setting and honest characterization, this is a delightful exploration of family and what it means to be loyal.

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About Michelle Mallette
I'm just trying to keep track of the books I've read - what I liked and what isn't worth re-reading. My work as a librarian has included youth services so you'll find a wide range of interests from picture books and teen dystopia to adult sci-fi, road trip novels, and nonfiction. Comments and communication is always welcome.

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