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The Truth Out There

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  357 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Joshua Parker is "kidnapped" by his mother, spirited away for the summer to take care of his ailing grandmother. But once they arrive at the old house, crowded with memories, he begins to wonder about mysterious Uncle Patrick. Patrick has been dead for years -- he died at fourteen, in 1959. Where is his grave? Why are there no pictures of him? The simples ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published December 18th 2000 by DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (first published 2000)
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Oct 22, 2013 Lubna_y_145510 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
This book neither stopped surprising me nor fascinating me. Not even for a minute. The several climaxes that it involved were interesting, mysterious, and would get anyone's attention at the same time. The writer made sure that the reader would feel the urge to keep on reading whenever there was a sense of boredom. Reaching the end of the book gave me such a relief after the long fast heart beating moments to know what will happen next. I can say nothing but that it suits all bookworms regardles ...more
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Jan 13, 2013 Sham Maf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Makes u realise that there are many people whom u may know suffering from some disease and struggling to be part of this overly cynical society.
Celia Rees has wonderfully brought out a story that deals with two different sets of characters in a different ages.
Oct 30, 2011 Rea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't remember what happens in this book at all but I do know I read it 2 or 3 times during my early teen years so it must have captured my attention when I was the target age. I still have it somewhere and will probably keep it for any future children.

After re-read:

Full review can be found here.

The problem with revisiting books from your childhood more than ten years later is that they no longer hold that sense of awe that your memory insists was present all those years ago. It took me about
Apr 29, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really well paced and very enjoyable even for an adult reader (which most good teen fiction should be I believe.) I like the comparisons between the summer of 1959 and the current days and how children are so much more mature in some ways with greater freedom of voice, but still completely the same in others; like enjoying adventure games and mysteries, albeit in a different form. This, of course, also shows how inactive many children and teens are now with restrictions on their freedom to ...more
Sep 05, 2010 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really gripping Young Adult novel that keeps you turning the pages as more and more mysterious events unfold. Josh is staying at his Grandmother's house over the holidays, he really would rather be anywhere else until he stumbles upon long-kept family secrets. Just what did happen to his Uncle Patrick? Nobody speaks about him, he died in his teens yet there are no photographs, no grave to visit.

Celia Rees uses a very clever plot to uncover the secret of Uncle Patrick that will particularly ap
Jul 28, 2014 ChattyNatty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was amazing!
My favourite character was Patrick.
Oct 20, 2007 Tess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
compelling. a boy has to stay at his grandparents house for a while while his mother looks after his grandmother then organises the funeral.
his mums brother Patrick supposedly died when he was little. and the boy (Josh) finds out about his mothers childhood and what really happened to Patrick
May 09, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just what I needed after Vanity Fair! Although aimed at teens I enjoyed it, even though I could guess what was going to happen and the outcome; the style of writing was very much for a younger reader but all in all it was well written and enjoyable.
Aug 08, 2011 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Was read this when I was in year six and the teacher never finished it so I went and bought it myself. I can't remember the plot too well but I know I read it several times so it must have been fairly good!
Josh explores grandmother's house and finds clues about his strange uncle Patrick who supposedly died in his teens. Josh uncovers a family secret about his autistic, misunderstood uncle.
Aug 11, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romans-jeunesse
Un chouette roman où l'on retrouve un héros attachant ainsi qu' une intrigue qui tient le lecteur en haleine et se dénoue de manière à la fois touchante et originale!^^
Apr 18, 2009 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty cool, it wasn't what i thought it was going to be about though...i thought it would be about friends and games but it was about a video game
Aug 28, 2014 Stefanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
An interesting book. I felt that it portrayed it's subject matter accurately (from what I know of it) and I liked the twist of the video game.
Aug 04, 2007 Myvi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book contains many creative describtion on words. In addition, it gave you a final twisted at the end! great book!
May 12, 2013 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I worked out how it was going to end but it was an entertaining and enjoyable read which was a bit creepy at times.
This was an ok read, nothing particularly special, and a tad too predictable for my tastes!
Feb 13, 2013 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok read. bit confusing in places and it took a while to get into, but overall a good book
May 18, 2013 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older children and teens who enjoy mystery
Recommended to Charlotte by: School library
The mystery kept me guessing until the end, I enjoyed it when I read it very much.
Jan 28, 2012 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to read about aspergers through a novel. Made me relate more to a pupil.
Robyn Drummond
A strange and intriguing tale that will keep you guessing to the end.
Aug 17, 2011 Hayley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Was mostly predictable but still a satisfying read with a good moral.
Nimue Brown
Sep 19, 2012 Nimue Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nicely plotted and full of surprises, I very much enjoyed this one.
Emma Ingleton
Aug 17, 2009 Emma Ingleton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very werid and creepy but great plot
Shafa Mahroof
Jan 25, 2013 Shafa Mahroof rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
couldnt close d buk
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Celia Rees (born 1949) is an English author of children's literature, including some horror and fantasy books.

She was born in 1949 in Solihull, West Midlands but now lives in Leamington Spa with her husband and teenage daughter. Rees attended University of Warwick and earned a degree in History of Politics. After university, she taught English in Coventry secondary schools for seventeen years, dur
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