The Truth or Something by Jeanne Willis

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A gripping and powerful novel about one boy's difficult struggle into adulthood

"Seems like we've only just got here and we're on the move again.

The landlord's been banging on the door and me and Mum had to pretend we wasn't in. We wasn't in last week either. The week before that she said she'd had her purse nicked."

World War II is over, but in the trenches of working-class England Mick is fighting a losing battle. Unsure of who his father might be, he is ignored by his mother and separated from the kid brother he adores. No matter how hard he tries to keep his head down, there's always a bigger fist around the corner.

Against all odds, victory is in sight . . . until Mick discovers the sickening truth about his father.

This stunning first novel from acclaimed picture-book author Jeanne Willis is raw, powerful, and achingly funny.

About Jeanne Willis

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Jeanne Willis is the author of many books for young readers, including I Want to Be a Cowgirl, Susan Laughs, and the popular Professor Xargle series, all illustrated by Tony Ross. She lives in London, England, with her husband and two children. This is her first novel.
Published May 1, 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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Mick’s first-person narrative is nicely drawn, from the confused, disjointed narrative of a lonely little boy to mid-story, when Mick is surprised to find out who he is—and isn’t.

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Convincingly adopting the voice of an adolescent boy, Willis (The Boy Who Lost His Belly Button) turns to the postwar '40s of her native Britain for the setting of this wry and wrenching first novel.

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