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The Book of One Hundred Truths

by Julie Schumacher

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Thea Gumman is nearly thirteen, from Minneapolis, and a self-confessed liar. When she goes to her grandparents' in New Jersey for the summer, her mother gives her a book and tells her to write "true things" in it. She arrives to a full house and discovers she's going to have to pitch in with her younger cousins. One cousin, Jocelyn is convinced their aunts have a secret, and pulls Thea into helping her discover what it is.

I think this book suffered from my high expectations and my age. I probably would have liked it much more if I were in the middle grades, but I'm so used to reading adult and YA fiction now that I end up being disappointed with books that may be written for younger audiences. It's about ten years old and already feels a bit dated with references to CDs and the secrecy surrounding...well, the secret that Jocelyn and Thea want to spy out. I was much more interested in the past that comes out in the list of 100 truths that Thea writes, and having the dual storyline meant that neither of those were fleshed out as much as they could have been. ( )
  bell7 | Mar 16, 2016 |
It was ok, but it's fairly forgettable. I just didn't get all that caught up in it...it felt like there were good ideas, but it didn't hang together all that well. The "truths," the spying, the quirkiness of the family - maybe the story needed to be longer to let all those pieces simmer more so it melded together better. ( )
  4hounds | Jan 1, 2015 |
O.K. book. Interesting plot but I lost interest very quickly after a few chapters. ( )
  JoIm0626 | Jan 31, 2011 |
Thea lies. Thea did not always lie, but for the past few months she can't seem to stop herself. When her mom gives her a notebook to write truths in as she goes to visit her grandparents, she doesn't think she can do it. Slowly, as Thea babysits her 8 year old cousin and write truths down in the notebook, the reader learns what drove her to all her lies and hopefully what she can do to fix it.
  prkcs | Apr 23, 2007 |
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"But then my mother cleared her throat, opened a shopping bag I hadn’t noticed, and offered me a notebook. It was light blue, with thick, heavy unlined paper—a much nicer notebook than the kind I used at school.
“What’s that for?” I felt uneasy. I was already bringing a lot of things with me: a gift for my grandparents, a lunch and some junk food, my CD player and a dozen CDs, and several books that my father insisted I would want to read.
“It’s a notebook of truths,” my mother said. She flipped the pages of the notebook and held it toward me. “You can write anything you want in here, as long as every single thing you write is true.”
“What do you mean, every single thing?” I looked at the notebook but didn’t touch it. On its cover was a white star about the size of my fingertip. All around us, people were pushing strollers and dragging suitcases toward their gates.
“Well, I’m not talking about essays, or even paragraphs,” my mother said. She was standing very close to me; I could smell peppermint on her breath. “I’m only talking about observations. Write a few sentences at first. You can make a list.”
“Gee. A list.” I shifted my backpack to my other shoulder. “That sounds exciting.”
My mother didn’t appreciate sarcasm. “Notebooks are private,” she went on. I was almost exactly her height, and she was looking at me forehead to forehead, eye to eye. “That’s the best thing about them. You can write down any truths at all. Anything you’re thinking.”
“The world is round,” I said. “How’s that for a truth?”
My mother tucked her hair behind her ears and said that the world is round was a fact instead of a truth, and that there was a difference. She said she suspected I knew what it was. "
  Nanhoekstra | Mar 19, 2007 |
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"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?

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While visiting her grandparents in Port Harbor, New Jersey, thirteen-year-old Theodora lists one hundred truths that she discovers while babysitting her younger cousins.

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