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3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  109 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
When a prominent member of the community is killed at a house party, many of the town's teenagers know who did it. Why won't someone tell the truth? When an adult neighbor is brutally murdered during a high-school house party, everyone in school seems to have an idea who did it, but no one will go to the police. Jen was there and saw the body and she has her own ideas abou ...more
Hardcover, 108 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Anthony Strzalka
Sep 02, 2009 Anthony Strzalka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 09, 2015 Brianna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Truth is a murder mystery. Ted Granville was murdered at a teen house party. The book is an okay book its really short and not much story line to it. I found that the book was very slow moving. Not a lot happened with in the book between when the murder happened and when it was solved. I would recommend this book to any one who likes murder mysteries and a quick read.
Tyler Loesch
Truth is the story about a murder at a high school party. Ted grainville has been beaten to death. The story is a mystery about who did it and why? The stories main character we follow is Jen. She is a normal high school student in a very small boring town. She enjoys reporting on things like a journalist. She is also friends with people involved in the case making her very important. She has to decide to help her friends or the police.
I think the story was boring and it has a pretty lame clim
This book was a great read for my 7th graders who struggle with reading. I'd classify this as a "High-Low" or High interest, low reading level book. Very easy to understand vocabulary with a dramatic plot. The friendships, relationships, parties, murder, and blackmail created some great discussions about youth behaviors and their influences.
Yobani Mendoza
Jan 05, 2016 Yobani Mendoza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Jen and her friends make a party at the klassen house. Ten granville was a neighbor from the klassen house. The klassen ask Ten if he could watch their house while they are in vacation. When Ten went to check the house he saw a lot a people he was trying to stop the party but he got kill the police when to jen’s house to ask some questions but she said that he did not saw anything because she was at the kitchen the whole time. The next morning at school everyone was talking about what happen at ...more
Olivia MacDonald
The short book, Truth by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, it was a interesting yet exciting mystery book. It was about a high school journalist who was trying to solve the mystery on how her friend, Ian, was murdered. It was a typical high school party and everyone was having fun and dancing and drinking. Jen (the main character and journalist) was hanging around with her friends when someone screamed and found Ian dead in the guest bedroom. Throughout the story, Jen tries to figure out the clues including the ...more
Taya Mills
Apr 08, 2013 Taya Mills rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: second-13-reads
Truth is about a high schooler named Jen who lives in a small town. The town is surprised by a random murder that happened at a party Jen attended. Jen tells her father and police that she didn't see anything suspicious, but the truth is that Jen saw the body and left. Slowly, bits and pieces of the truth come to Jen's knowledge, and as a director in the school's news, she seeks to find the real murderer. Her suspicions lead her to a classmate who has been known to have a bit of roid rage, but J ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Melinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little worried about this book, but oh my. I enjoyed this story. This is perfect for struggling readers. It is a story about a man who is killed at a party of teenagers. It seems no one is talking and no one can tell the police what happened. However, after Jen gets question she starts to wonder too. Did her boyfriend Jerome have anything to do with it. With help of Scott her helper at the school newspaper they will come across what really did happen. Jen will be shocked and become worri ...more
Ryan Head
This book in my opinion was a good book! I had a novel study to do and I had to decide on a book and I seen this one and I looked at it first and said wow this looks pretty interesting book. Another reason why I have choice this book was because it was small, I didn't really like reading books. I read through it and I found it really relatable.
Nikki Keegan
Jul 05, 2012 Nikki Keegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: project-2-1
With a 3.2 reading level, Truth is a high interest book for high school students with a low reading level. I would definitely recommend this book to high school or middle school students who enjoy reading about high school drama and enjoy a good mystery. The story focuses on Jen, a high school student who is a news-reporter for her school's news-broadcast. After a man is found murdered at a party, all of the students are scared to tell the police anything. Jen is put in charge of covering the mu ...more
Cem Nesiri
Jan 18, 2015 Cem Nesiri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was the first mystery-crime book I've ever read. I really enjoyed it, I got excited while I was reading. You will get shocked after the conclusion. I suggest this book to Mert, Atakan, Kerem E. and Serra because they would like to read mystery book.
Xiao Wen
Jan 12, 2012 Xiao Wen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10th-grade
This book is about a murder event, and the police wants to find out the truth. While the police is asking the witnesses, the protagonist, Jen, is struggling whether to tell the truth or not. Struggling whether to say something or not is a huge problem that face by many people in our society today, because a large amount of people are doing the same thing that Jen does, which they list out the consequences in their mind of both to tell and not to tell. However, this is not really helping to decid ...more
May 07, 2015 Clarice.Kaseke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
abut the children at school I think they should say the truth
and stop pointing at someone as a murder when he haven't done
any thing and the murder should come out him self so the innocent
can live happy again.

Julie Suzanne
Another grade 3 level book written for middle to high school students. High interest, teen themes, exciting plot. These Orca Soundings books are turning my most limited and disabled students into avid readers!
Melinda Abel
Jan 07, 2014 Melinda Abel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-180-books
The book Truth is wonderful for struggling readers. The lexile is a 630 for the book. The story is about a murder that takes place at a teen party. However, no one from the party is willing to give up any information. Jen was at the party but has no idea what happened. Jen is helped out by Scott who is on the news team from school. He begins to put things together and finds out more than he probably should know.
I would definitely recommend this book to others. I really loved this book.
Jan 18, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, orca, read-2012
Thanks to Puget Sound Council for a review copy. Jen can't get the image of the red-haired man out of her mind--the man she saw dead at a house party. She isn't surprised when a policeman wants to question her about the dead man at three in the morning. Who told the cops she was there? Should she tell what she saw or just keep quiet? Most people at the party probably suspect the same teen that Jen does but no one wants to make a stand against the bully. The writing is authentic to teen voices an ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It was so good and an easy read for a reluctant reader !!!
Thus was an orca book which is a series of "short stories" that are all different.
this book is about a murder case and how the police is trying to figure it out. In the middle of the book the people who was involed in the murder try to hide there evidence by beating up and trying to kill the people who is going to tell.
i can't connect to this book because i was never in a scene when some body was killed or beaten up if they tolled.
I gave this book a 5 because it was good and make me think what if was in this scene in this moment. If i was to give this book to some one i
Nov 20, 2015 Cameron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the book but it's a lot about killing and hit and runs and it has police involved.
This is book is about a teenager in high school. Jen is a main character and when they have a party at Ian's house with all their friend someone gets murder and from that point every thing is about investigation of Ted that who murder him? Why? what happen up there in party? and police investigate lot of stuff and Jen also help police and there were few people were eyewitness but they lie for their friends but Jen was not eyewitness of the murder but she saw ted body upstair goes on..... Its rea ...more
Jan 17, 2010 Dilan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Truth is about a teenager that she is in high school. The main character jen is at a party with all her friends. At the party someone got murdered and people are trying to find out who murdered that person. The witnesses lie about that murder because they want to protect their friends.

I can't really connect this to anything i know of. I guess this has happened in the world. People go to party's and maybe people get killed.

I gave this book 3 stars. I didn't think this book was great. It kinda bo
Jan 13, 2014 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it keeps you interested until the end and it is a very good read
Mar 15, 2012 Zuri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good because it has about how the police does some reserch when someone is murder. This book is about how Jen whent to a party and some guy name Ted Granville got murder and no one knows who murder him. At the end theres a lot of evidence about who murder Ted Graville.

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Aug 20, 2009 Cate added it
Shelves: dearborn
The title hints at the question you'll ask yourself throughout your reading of this story: WHO is telling the truth?

After a man is found beaten to death at a party, the teenagers in town react in a variety of suspicious ways.
Sep 30, 2010 Tiffanyric rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so interesting!! Omg i loved this book. If you read this book you will love it, because i did. The book`s main character Jen has such a story to tell. Find out!!! ...more
Kodi Rudman
so far in this book its o.k. but sometimes i get lost so it does not really make any sense. but i'm willing to find out what happens in this story.
May 30, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-books
If you're looking for a short, "quick" to read mystery, this is the choice for you. The plot will have you guessing until the end!
Feb 16, 2011 Catherinej is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far tihis book is getting good i am in chapter 4 & they asking this gril alot of qustions
Jan 13, 2009 Mare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the books I read with the book club at school. These kids are great.
Mar 18, 2011 Nikki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I dunno what to think of this book. I mean, it's OK, but I wouldn't reccomend it.
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