THE RING OF TRUTH by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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Wealthy reserved sixteen year old Sloan Fredericks never thought she would be in the middle of a political scandal. When she told her friends that a high-ranking government official made a pass at her, she didn't imagine that the news would end up in a gossip column the next day. To make matters worse, Sloan's best friend, Justine, admits to having a fling with the same politician, and rumors spiral out of control.

Orphaned at a young age, Sloan lives with her politically powerful grandmother, who tries to arrange a cover-up to protect the family name. When Sloan discovers this is not the only cover-up her grandmother is responsible for, she feels suffocated by the deceit that surrounds her. Sloan must figure out not only who is telling the truth, but what it means and how it affects who she is.

In this absorbing novel, Susan Beth Pfeffer portrays a teenage girl's rude awakening to the complex relationship of words, honesty, and falsehood.

"Pfeffer has created true-to-life characters and a skillfully spun plot with several unexpected tangles." Publishers Weekly

"The interplay among the teen-age characters is the book's high point. Justine, especially, whose cat-and-mouse games with the truth add some real surprises to the story, feels real- cocky yet scared, translating everything into personal concerns." Ilene Cooper, New York Times Book Review

About Susan Beth Pfeffer

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Susan Beth Pfeffer is the author of many books for teens, including the New York Times best-selling novel Life As We Knew It, which was nominated for several state awards, and its companion books, The Dead and the Gone, This World We Live In, and The Shade of the Moon. She lives in Middletown, NY.
Published March 17, 2012 by Bantam Books. 180 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Though it doesn't equal her The Year Without Michael , Pfeffer's latest novel has intrigue and drama aplenty to pique readers' interest.

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