The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan

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9780061998591The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan
Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Family
Ages 6 to 10, Grades 1 to 5
Pages: 120 Hardcover 5.375×8″
Date Pubished: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Patricia MacLachlan returns with another compelling contemporary story about a child, his grandparent, and a special dog and how our “small truths” make each of us brave and magical in our own ways.

Robbie loves spending time with his grandmother Maddy. He likes her stories and the way wild animals come right up to her, without any fear. Maddy helps Robbie understand “the truth of me.” The truth has to do with something that happened to his mother a long time ago. It helps Robbie understand that he’s missing something in his life and gives him the confidence 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.

Memories from my childhood tell me that I enjoy stories from Patricia MacLachlan and I’ve been excited to read new stories. The Truth of Me is very short, but very full. I was able to read an advanced reader copy, mine was paperback, but I believe that final press print will be hardcover. The cover is attractive and it’s a good story for boys and girls although the main character is a boy, his dog and his grandmother. It’s a different story, but I think it is a good one for young readers to experience as it might show a different angle to tough situations of family to understand. All in all the theme is learning to admit, “I love you”.


Patricia MacLachlan is the Newbery Medal-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall and other timeless books for young readers. She is also the author of many beloved picture books, several of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives with her husband and two border terriers in Williamsburg, MA.

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