All the Truth That's in Me
All the Truth That's in Me
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Annotation: Judith can't speak, but when her close-knit community of Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, Judith is forced to choose, continue to live in silence, or recover her voice.
Catalog Number: #5618557
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 274 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-14-242730-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-14-242730-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2012043218
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA 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 o 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 d relatively singular x.
Publishers Weekly
This melancholy tale of a village outcast unfolds through the thoughts of Judith, who was kidnapped, held prisoner, and maimed by her captor. Two years later, she has returned home at age 18, but because of her severed tongue, she cannot explain her misfortunes or the crime she witnessed the night she was taken. Most of the townspeople shun her, and even her own mother acts ashamed. In some ways, Judith-s silence protects her, but hiding the truth puts her and others at risk. Encouraged by an old friend, Judith is inspired to try to regain some speech. If she can find the means and courage to communicate what she knows, she and other innocent victims might find a form of salvation. Written as Judith-s internal monologue directed toward Lucas, the boy she loves, Berry-s (The Amaranth Enchantment) novel is suspenseful and haunting. Her poetic narrative (-There-s nothing so bright as the stream by day, nothing so black on a moonless night-) will draw readers in, and the gradual unveiling of secrets will keep them absorbed. Ages 12-up. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 8 Up&12; 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.&12; Martha Baden, Prescott Public Library, AZ
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Eighteen-year-old Judith Finch gradually reveals the horror of her two-year disappearance in a stunning historical murder mystery and romance. One summer four years ago, Judith Finch and her friend Lottie Pratt disappeared. After two years, only Judith returned. Lottie's naked body was found in the river, and Judith stumbled back on her own, her appearance shocking the town--not just because she had returned, but that her tongue had been cut out, and she can't tell anyone what happened to her. Illiterate, maimed, cursed, doomed to be an outsider but always and forever in love with Lucas Whiting, Judith finds a way to tell her story, saying, "I don't believe in miracles, but if the need is great, a girl might make her own miracle," and as her story unfolds, all the truth that's in her is revealed. Set in what seems to be early-18th-century North America, the story is told through the voice inside Judith's head--simple and poetic, full of hurt and yearning, and almost always directed toward Lucas in a haunting, mute second person. Every now and then, a novel comes along with such an original voice that readers slow down to savor the poetic prose. This is such a story. A tale of uncommon elegance, power and originality. (Historical thriller. 12 & up)
Word Count: 68,219
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 160987 / grade: Upper Grades
Lexile: HL640L

From the Printz honor winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, a mesmerizing story about fear, love, and the power of a young woman's voice.

"All the Truth That’s In Me is that rare magical thing—a beautiful love story told in spare, riveting prose.”—The New York Journal of Books
 
“The love story and the mystery . . . are mesmerizing. Berry’s language undulates and flows. . . . Worthy of multiple reads.”—The Boston Globe



Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who's owned her heart as long as she can remember--even if he doesn't know it--her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

The paperback edition includes an exclusive interview with the author and a list of discussion questions for book clubs.




Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal

Edgar Award nominee for YA


YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten title


Junior Library Guild Selection

Kirkus Reviews
Best Teen Book

Horn Book
Fanfare title

TAYSHAS Top Ten Pick


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