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The Truth About Truman School

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  910 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
When Zebby and Amr create the website thetruthabouttruman.com, they want it to be honest. They want it to be about the real Truman Middle School, to say things that the school newspaper would never say, and to give everyone a chance to say what they want to say, too. But given the chance, some people will say anything--anything to hurt someone else. And when rumors about o ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Whitman, Albert & Company (first published March 1st 2008)
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Laura
Dec 08, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Truth about Truman School was a total surprise.

I bought the book at the school's Book Fair for two reasons. It was marked $2.50 (and well within my budget) and the back cover said that it was about teens who decide to tell the truth about life in middle school, not the expurgated lies adults revel in.

Hint: When you get "nothing" as an answer to "what did you do at school today," you have been given the adult-appropriate response. There really are things you don't want to know about your tee
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Adam James
Nov 16, 2011 Adam James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I read The Truth About Truman School because of my middle school's librarian desire to use it as a school-wide text. Unfortunately, I couldn't whole-heartedly offer my support of the novel. While it is a very (very) realistic and bold look at the ramifications of cyber-bullying, the extent of the bullying is too intense for younger middle school readers. Specifically, the inclusion of the gay-bashing in the cyber-bullying is used gratuitously for pure shock value and harshness. Dori Hillestad Bu ...more
Aaron
Nov 24, 2009 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Middle school can definitely be a challenge with kids learning more about who they are and defining their place in society. That is really the truth, but it takes the adventures of a group of tweens at Truman Middle school somewhere in the American Midwest to show how troublesome that can really be.

Zebby has hopes of becoming a newspaper correspondent when she grows up, but after she is limited by the faculty advisor of the school newspaper, she decides to team up with her best friend Amr to sta
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Gaby
Oct 23, 2013 Gaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a book middle schoolers who start a website about their school and the truth of their school. The point of view is from many students. The An anonymous person named milkandhoney starts step by step trying to take down one of the popular girls named Lilly Clarke, who dumped Zebby Bower and Amr Nasir, creators of the Truth about Truman website. After many cyberbullying incidents, Lilly goes missing. I suggest if you want to read the book to find out what happens, then read the b ...more
Ken
Apr 21, 2009 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, finished-in-2009
High appeal for tweeners here. Two friends, a brainy girl and a computer geek guy, put up a web site intended to go the boring school newspaper one better by telling "the truth." Too bad the apathetic students find it a big yawn -- until someone uses it to go after a girl in the popular crowd by posting pictures of when she was fat and announcing that she is a lesbian. Now THAT'S an interesting paper, to a middle schooler (uh, as long as none of the nastiness is directed at them).

While not terri
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Tanja
Apr 10, 2011 Tanja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one go, simply couldn't put it down. Two students who are tired of the censorship of their contributions to the school newspaper decide to set up a forum in the form of a website to allow students to voice their opinions freely. Little do they know that when "given the chance, some people will say anything. Anything to hurt someone else...". The situation quickly gets out of hand and allows no one to emerge untouched. A thought-provoking account of cyber-bullying, told from m ...more
Brooke
A book we're teaching right now for our teens and technology unit. A well crafted YA novel about cyberbullying that manages to avoid feeling preachy, it tells the story of two teens who decide to open up what is basically a forum where anyone can post about their middle school. What they had originally hoped would be a groundbreaking victory for freedom of speech and look into the important problems at their school turns into a nightmare when the internet does what the internet does best - turns ...more
Dave
Mar 29, 2014 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The joys of teaching middle school extend to the gimmicks to get kids to read. For me, back in the day, a good old Hardy Boys mystery did the trick, but nowadays we have things like One School One Book promos. A committee of teachers and well-intent select a book for everyone to engage with and discuss, usually with a typical middle school theme. The Truth About Truman School had its number called this year. And while the cyberbullying theme is certainly relevant with teens these days, I found i ...more
Moira
Apr 24, 2009 Moira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
This is an excellent book on cyberbullying, and on the concept of bullying in general. I found it almost impossible to put down and the ending, when the main characters come to realize what bullying is and how it can hurt, is very touching indeed. I like that it's set in middle school, because I think in many ways (well, at least for me and for my kids) middle school is socially the hardest time of your life. It was also interesting to read this on the heels of Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes - ...more
Marta
Oct 21, 2008 Marta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Okay, I'm sure for some kid out there, this book will be what they are waiting for. For me, the author's agenda to promote responsibility in internet use and freedom of speech was just too transparent. The characters were very fake and did things that didn't even make sense to me. I really did not like the read... at all.
Sophia Small
Jun 04, 2016 Sophia Small rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book surprised me! When I picked it up, I didn't think much of it, but I couldn't put it down. The message it portrayed was very clear and inspiring. It shows the truth about bullying in today's world. I'd definitely recommend this!
Miss Awesome Pants
This was actually a good book but it was kinda cliche of what they thought 7th grade was which was kinda annoying because 7th grade for me is a whole different story.
Dylan Peck
Nov 20, 2015 Dylan Peck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was an awesome book but there were some thing that were weird but still a great book
Jamie L
Very good! You never know who people really are until you get to know them!
Nadia Duran
Jan 29, 2017 Nadia Duran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** SPOILER ALERT**
Have you ever been in difficult situations in middle school? This book's genre is realistic fiction because this is a made up story, but all of this stuff can happen in real life. I think that this book can really help people that are getting bullied, or the bullies because it can inspire people to look at things differently.

This book is about two friends, Zebby and Amr who decided to start a website called "The Truth about Truman School", so people from their school can post
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6th Grade Honors Language Arts Class
, Amber
January 23rd 2012
5th period
Truth About Truman School
By: Dori Hillestad Buttler



As she walks through school with the laughing stock knowing she’s been bullied. She’s been called names people shouldn’t have called her. “Lilly Clarke popular girl is a lezbo along with her friends”. Lilly Clarke is a pig, she was fat. She had no friends.
This was called cyber bully.
The Truth about Truman School by: Dori Hillestad Butler is realistic fiction, this means that it is not a true story but it
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Tripp McGowan
The story was good. It was about a popular girl and her old "nerdy" friends. Her old friends created a school newspaper website where anyone from their school could post. Someone who goes by milkandhoney wrote some nasty stuff about the popular girl (Lilly). Lillys popular friends made another website called We Hate Lilly. Lilly runs away and hides because of how hurt she was due to the cyber bullying she was receiving. The book all together was a good way to show how cyber bullying can hurt.
Ben
Jan 18, 2017 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In, "The Truth About Truman School", the author, Dori Hillestad Butler, is trying to teach her readers that as our technology keeps growing, cyber bullying is growing with it. It is a disease that no one wants, but sometimes you are the needle in the haystack. But when that one person is getting bullied online, it's important for them to tell an adult, and get comfort from their friends.
Hannah
Feb 20, 2017 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so good! I recommend it to everyone :)
Simone
Feb 08, 2017 Simone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was good and very suspenseful at times.
Kim
Disappointed in this one.
Yanely Martinez
May 16, 2016 Yanely Martinez is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wanted to say something but never had the chance to? The genre of this book is non-fiction because it can happen in real life. This book was very interesting because it had a lot of drama but a lot of bullying but it kepy me entertain.
The setting of this book takes place in Truman Middle School. This book is about a girl named Zebby and a boy named Amr who start a website and the website is the real Truman school to say things that the school newspaper would never say and give eve
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Josie M.
Sep 02, 2014 Josie M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the end of this book I had pretty much made up my mind that I didn't like it, but then as I got to thinking more about it I realized how good it actually was, and in a way genius. Many things that I thought were problems in this book while reading turned out to actually be positives after I put more thought into it.
First you should know that this book is told through multiple points of view, and at first it is overwhelming because you are reading a from so many different viewpoints that are
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Daniel C
Dec 17, 2013 Daniel C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Truth About Truman Middle School
Author: Dori Hillestad Butler
The Truth About Truman School is a very terrifying book for pre-teens and especially for high schoolers or middle schoolers or anyone! This book really made me kneel over and cry for all the victims of cyberbullying. I never knew that kids today can be so mean right behind the backs of teachers and some soon to be cyber bullied kids!
This heartbreaking story is about two unnoticing kids named Amr and Zebby that created a website to
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Deanna P
Dec 17, 2013 Deanna P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Truth About Truman School
By: Dori Hillestad Butler
I don't think I have ever felt so bad for a character in a book before. This is by far the best realistic fiction book I have ever read in my life. The book, The Truth About Truman, is a book about middle school students Amr, Zebby, Lilly, Hayley, Trevor, and Brianna. Hayley and Brianna are the bullies to Lilly in this story. This book was as powerful as lightning.
Amr and Zebby make a Truth About Truman website. They set up this website so t
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Denise
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars Great treatment of cyberbullying...timely, pertinent, April 22, 2009

This review is from: The Truth about Truman School (Paperback) YA FICTION

I'd highly recommend this book to all middle school students. Although it's written for this younger group, high school students could take a page or two from the novel as well.

The topics of cyberbullying and online harassment are very pertinent in today's world of social networking sites, instant messaging, texting and other types of in
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Eliseo P
Dec 12, 2013 Eliseo P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Truth About Truman
By Dori Hillestad Butler
I think this book is one of the most Incredible books I have ever read next to the Mokingjay and The Tale Dark And Grim. Its all about this girl named Zebby Bower and her friend Amr and they want to make their own school newspaper because at school every thing doesn't make people want to read so they create thetruthabouttruman.com and make it a free website for every one to post or comment what ever they want and when ever they want but first they need t
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Dreamergirl
May 08, 2011 Dreamergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first looked at this book, I thought this would be one of those "ordinary teen" books where the characters are boring and unreal but to my surprise it was really realistic and dealed with issues we face every day and what would happen if they went too far. Cruel people can hurt anyone, and this was a good book because finally a popular girl is put as a victim (Thank You!) and it is shown very realisticly. I don't understand the covers though, did the author think it would help if she put ...more
Jonathan R
Dec 17, 2013 Jonathan R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truth About Truman School
By: Dori Hillestad Butler

What if you made your own website? What if you were made fun of because of one lie? This is how, Zebby Bower, Amr, and Lilly Clarke survive Truman Middle School. This author made this book so realistic to how a middle schoolers life would be like. Also, the characters show how some of the kids would be and act in school. This book also is how the bullying in the middle schools would be like.
Meet Zebby Bower and her best friend Amr. They worked fo
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Dori Hillestad Butler grew up writing, for she had no brothers or sisters to play with until she was eight years old. The first book she published was The Great Tooth Fairy Rip-Off , it took her many years to sell that book, followed by four more picture books. She then started writing YA books short stories have appeared in anthologies entitled, The Green Umbrella and Other Sports Stories (Hig ...more
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“The person you are when no one's looking, or when no one else knows who you are...that's the person you really are!” 8 likes
“I'd much rather have a brain of my own than be popular.” 5 likes
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