Home Truths by Jill MacLean

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Brick’s dad has a temper; you never know when he’s going to blow. His mom’s self-absorbed and leaves the care of his little sister to Brick. It’s no wonder Brick has to let off a little steam of his own once in a while. This summer Brick’s going to take up Mr. Larkin’s offer of work, even though he’s been forbidden to “fraternize with the neighbours.” He’s going to earn enough money to escape — on the day of his sixteenth birthday. But … who will his dad turn to when he doesn’t have a son to kick around anymore? Home Truths is a revealing portrait of a bully-in-the-making and his journey to redemption.

About Jill MacLean

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Jill MacLean began writing for children later in life but she has quickly made her mark. Among her many awards and honors are an Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading nomination for every one of her titles and an Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature for both The Nine Lives of Travis Keating and The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy; the latter was also shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. Born in Berkshire, England, Jill has been smitten with Atlantic Canada since she moved there at the age of nine. Today she lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia, and divides her time between writing novels, giving school presentations, and pursuing her love of nature.
Published September 1, 2010 by Dancing Cat Books. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Home Truths By Jill MacLean Dancing Cat Books 224 pp; $14.95 Reviewed by Brie Martin, age 12 Home Truths is a novel about a 14-year-old boy named Brick MacAvoy who has been abused by his father “Floyd” since he was only six years old.

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