All the Truth That’s in Me

Julie Berry. Viking, $17.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-670-78615-2
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.)
Reviewed on: 07/22/2013
Release date: 09/26/2013
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