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The Truth of Me

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When Robbie spends the summer at his grandmother Maddy's house, he revels in his grandmother's easy, relaxed ways. Robbie has always felt as if something is missing in his life-his parents don't always act like they love him. Maddy helps him understand that an experience his mother had long ago is at the heart of the problem in his family. With this knowledge, Robbie finds the courage to try to make things right.

This poignant story from beloved author Patricia MacLachlan celebrates how our unique "small truths" make each of us magical and brave in our own ways.

Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book
ALA Booklist Notable Children's Books Nominee
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 124.46 x 193.04 x 12.7mm | 45.36g
  • KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061998613
  • 9780061998614
  • 566,598

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When Robbie spends the summer at his grandmother Maddy's house, he revels in his grandmother's easy, relaxed ways. Robbie has always felt as if something is missing in his life--his parents don't always act like they love him. Maddy helps him understand that an experience his mother had long ago is at the heart of the problem in his family. With this knowledge, Robbie finds the courage to try to make things right.

This poignant story from beloved author Patricia MacLachlan celebrates how our unique "small truths" make each of us magical and brave in our own ways.
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Review quote

"Brief but emotionally intense...MacLachlan demonstrates her mastery of elegantly unfolding a tale and gently plucking at readers' heartstrings without taking a maudlin tone." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A spare, poetically composed tale written in short chapters perfect for beginning read-it-alone readers, this should resonate with young and old alike-and makes for a great intergenerational story to share." -- ALA Booklist "An elegant exploration of love and familial relationships...This story is well paced and rhythmic in its dialogue, lending itself well to a group read-aloud." -- School Library Journal Praise for Kindred Souls: "MacLachlan handles a familiar theme with grace, providing a lens into an uncanny intergenerational bond, as well as the kindness and generosity of love." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for Kindred Souls: "These are time-sculpted themes-the bond between a child and a grandparent, a child's first experience of death, the comfort of continuity and connection to the natural world-and MacLachlan gives them her particular stamp of plain speaking and poetry." -- The Horn Book Praise for Kindred Souls: "The quiet rhythms of the story and the gentle banter of the dialogue make this an ideal group read aloud, but plenty of young readers will simply find it the perfect book to curl up with on their own." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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About Patricia MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb's Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather's Dance; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; and The Truth of Me; she is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily.
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Rating details

593 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 24% (140)
4 44% (261)
3 26% (152)
2 5% (29)
1 2% (11)
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