Home Truths

9781897151969

ISBN 9781897151969 | 5.5″ x 8″ | TPB | $14.95 | Age: 13+ | 288 pp
ISBN 9781770860193 | EBOOK | $9.99

Category: Novels
Curriculum: Character EducationAbuse, Bullying, Family, Friendship, Respect, Responsibility, Self-Esteem | Health and SportsSubstance Abuse

 


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Synopsis

Brick’s home life is a horror show. His dad has a temper like a pressure valve; you never know when he’s going to blow. His mom’s a self-absorbed flake who leaves the care of his little sister to Brick. A guy could go crazy with all that tension. It’s no wonder Brick has to let off a little steam of his own once in a while. It’s not like he’s anything remotely like his dad. The day he turns sixteen, Brick’s out of there. This summer he’s going to take up Mr. Larkin’s offer of work, even though he’s been forbidden to “fraternize with the neighbors.” And he’s going to earn enough money to escape. Get out and never look back. But who will his dad turn to when he doesn’t have a son to kick around anymore?

A compulsive read by a two-time winner of the Ann Connor Brimer Award, Home Truths is a revealing portrait of a bully-in-training and his journey to redemption.
 

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Awards

Finalist for the 2011 SYRCA Snow Willow Award
Finalist for the 2012 OLA Red Maple Award


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If I were to rate this book on a scale from one to five, it would definitely be a five. … I absolutely adore this book.”
National Post “Kids Review Books” feature

“Sensitively written, this novel provides a real context to discuss bullying … in addition, the character development is engaging for the intended audience.”
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“Highly recommended.”
CM Magazine

“Jill MacLean has created a remarkable portrait of a bully, taking readers carefully into his mind and heart … This is an intense and sobering look at an all-too-common experience, and and invitation to look beneath the surface of the characters we encounter in our lives.”
Atlantic Books Today

“A thought-provoking novel … What makes the book so compelling is the line that Brick straddles between being a mildly likeable character to a very unlikeable one.”
The Chronicle Herald

“As I read, I found myself cheering for Brick, as engaged in his struggles as if he were real. In my mind, that’s about the highest compliment a book can be paid … A powerful, suspenseful story about redemption.”
Ten Stories Up


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About the Author

MacLean, Jill - makes her home in Nova Scotia, which is the setting for her third novel. Always an avid reader, she is delighted to rediscover the world of children’s literature. In her free time she gardens, canoes and hikes. (read more)

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Home Truths - Jill MacLean
ISBN 9781897151969 | 5.5" x 8" | TPB | $14.95 | Age: 13+

Finalist for the 2011 SYRCA Snow Willow Award
Finalist for the 2012 OLA Red Maple Award


A compulsive read by a two-time winner of the Ann Connor Brimer Award, Home Truths is a revealing portrait of a bully-in-training and his journey to redemption. (read more)

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