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The Book of One Hundred Truths

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"I should probably mention something right now before this story goes any further: my name is Theodora Grumman, and I am a liar."

It's hard for Thea to write four truths a day in the notebook her mother gave her for the summer. Especially when her grandparents' house on the Jersey Shore is even more packed with family than usual, and her cousin Jocelyn wont leave her alone.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 12th 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Mar 08, 2010 Giulia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those who want a good, quick read
The first thing I can say about this book is that it was short. A 3-4 day book, I managed to finish it in 2 days. Why? Julie Schumacher did such a great job that I couldn't put the book down.

Theodora Grumman is sent off by her parents to her annual summer visit to her grandparents' house. It's a bit of a change for her, from Minneapolis to a small island off the coast of New Jersey, a town called Port Harbor. Thea has come every year for as long as she can remember, but something is different th
Mar 20, 2010 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
In the story The Book of One Hundred Truths by Jule Schumacher, we meet Theodora Grumman (Thea) and learn she is a self-proclaimed liar. Sent to the Jersey Shore for an annual visit with her grandparents, her mother has asked her to record 100 truths in a blue notebook. Secrets and lies are the main theme of this book. And, it is through the lies and secrets, that Thea learns the truth about herself.

This book isn't the most earth-shattering young adult novel I've read. While the build up to the
Nov 24, 2008 Sharono rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading smaller books specifically because, as a writer, I know it is so much more of a challenge to tell a story of depth with fewer words. Not all smaller books are successful, though. Many books, especially those written for kids, sacrifice character development and most lose sight of emotional nuances in the small moments.

This book is not one of those books. The characters are fully realized, each moment is a perfect, poignantly realized morsel to savor. Having grown up on the coast
Rylee Bartel
Jan 01, 2017 Rylee Bartel rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: I thought "The Book of One Hundred Truths" was a very good book. It teaches many lessons on many things like: being a liar, keeping secrets, and the most important telling the truth. I really liked this book because it was about a girl that spent a summer at her grandparents and had a tough time, but she survived without anyone finding out any of her secrets.

Plot Summary: "The Book of One Hundred Truths" is about a girl named Theodora Grumman and her summer at her grandparents
Dec 07, 2010 Janet rated it liked it
Whenever I encounter a novel set on the Jersey Shore, I drop everything and read it right away. Here, 12-year-old Thea is on her annual trip to visit her fathers' relatives in the fictional but credible barrier-island tourist town of Port Harbor, NJ. Back home in Minnesota, Thea has recently suffered a traumatic experience that resulted in the loss of her best friend. Thea has also taken up lying. Her mother sends her on vacation with a blank book and instructs her to write down 4 or 5 true thin ...more
Mary Langan
I haven't gotten very far into this book but so far you can really tell that Thea is very disturbed by her fathers side of the family who she visits over the summer. I can relate to Thea because my fathers side of the family isn't as nice to my parents as my moms side is. I know how she feels when she has to go to their house over the summer. In on part of the book Thea did not have a room to sleep in so she had to sleep "upstairs. Up on the third floor"(Schumacher 8). This is like the time I wa ...more
Jan 14, 2009 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, drama
Just before Thea leaves Minnesota to visit her grandparents at the Jersey Shore, her mom gives her a notebook in which she is to write 4 truths every day. It seems that Thea has had trouble telling the truth recently because of a secret she's been keeping. As the book progresses, we learn more about Thea's secret, and also some secrets the rest of her eccentric, extended family have been keeping from each other.
Good characters, interesting plot, and the secrets keep you reading.
Recommended for 4
Oct 08, 2015 Katy rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful book by another talented Minnesota author.
Saige W
Mar 15, 2017 Saige W rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Theodora Grumman. First thing your going to want to know about her is that she is a liar. She is going to visit her grandparents. So her mom gives her a notebook. Her mom tells her that this notebook is called the "truth book." Thea's mom tells her that every day she is there she has to write a truth. And when she comes back home that it should be filled up.

To make a friend, firstly you cant lie to them. Secondly you have to be kind. Lastly you have to be able to
Bridgette B
Mar 09, 2017 Bridgette B rated it it was amazing
I just picked a random book off the shelf and i didn't imagine that it would be this good! The hole time I was trying to figure out Ellen and Celia's secret while also trying to figure out what happened at 3 mile creek. Really good book.
Feb 27, 2017 Andrea added it
Shelves: kids-read-aloud
DNF. This one fizzled fast.
excerpt -- [return]"But then my mother cleared her throat, opened a shopping bag I hadn t noticed, and offered me a notebook. It was light blue, with thick, heavy unlined paper a much nicer notebook than the kind I used at school. [return] What s that for? I felt uneasy. I was already bringing a lot of things with me: a gift for my grandparents, a lunch and some junk food, my CD player and a dozen CDs, and several books that my father insisted I would want to read. [return] It s a notebook of tr ...more
Feb 13, 2017 Olivia rated it really liked it
Pretty Good book!! It was very short and easy to follow, so I recommend to anyone who needs a quick read.
Apr 13, 2013 Sarahl rated it really liked it
I recommend The Book of One Hundred Truths by Julie Schumacher to teenage girls because this is a perfect book to read for fun and make connections to your life. This book is about a girl named Theodora, for short Thea. One of her biggest problem as a teenager is that she is a liar, a big one. Her mother knows that Thea is a liar and decides to come up with a solution in trying to solve this. Thea is going to her grandparents' house in New Jersey during the Summer on her own. The solution Thea's ...more
Oct 27, 2014 Neeka added it
The book of 100 truths is about a girl, Thea Grumman goes and stays with her grandparents for a few weeks over the summer. She is a lair so, her mom gave her a notebook before she left and she told her to write 100 truths. Thea was not very excited but she went along with it to make her mom happy. Although she did not want to write in the notebook , she was very excited to go to her grandparents house all by herself and be alone. Thea thought the house would be empty but it was packed with her c ...more
Grace McGinley
Mar 08, 2016 Grace McGinley rated it really liked it
Characters: Thea (main character), Jocelyn (Thea's cousin)
Description: Thea, the main character (whose also a liar), is stuck visiting her grand-parents in New -Jersey for the summer. Not only that, but her mom sent her with a notebook, in which she has to write one hundred truths over the coarse of her stay, and Thea doesn't want anyone to know about this. To make matters worse, her favorite bedroom in her grand-parent's house, which is crawling with relatives, is taken. The icing on the cake,
Michelle Rohrer
May 13, 2013 Michelle Rohrer rated it really liked it
Thea writes a truth in her notebook throughout her stay with her Grandparents in New Jersey. Thea's only responsibility at her grandparent's house is to take care of her 7 year old cousin. Her cousin, Jocelyn, begins spying on two aunts that seem to be keeping a secret. Thea has her own secret, and the notebook might be just the place to share her secret. However, in a house full of people, will Thea's secret stay a secret? Will Jocelyn discover why her aunts are acting so secretive?

This story
Jul 16, 2007 Bethany rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 4th-6th Graders
Shelves: juvenilefiction
Thea Grumman has become a liar. She didn’t set out to be a liar, just a secret keeper. But to keep her secret safe, she started to lie. To cure Thea of her lying ways, her mom and dad give her a journal just before leaving for an end of summer trip to visit her family on the New Jersey shore. Thea’s mom suggests that she use the journal to record things that are true. As Thea prepares to board her plane, her mom tells her, “You’ll be gone for three weeks. Twenty-two days. If you write down four ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Johnp rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
Thea is going to her relatives' vacation home for the summer. Her mom gives her a notebook and asks that she 'only write truths' in it - 100 to be exact. Do you get the sense that Thea is not the most truthful girl? She winds up watching her younger cousin Joceyln, an odd character that frustrates, yet ultimately bonds, with Thea. As the summer progresses, their aunts seem to be acting odd, so the two cousins begin investigating. Woven throughout the story are the "truths" Thea adds to her noteb ...more
Yang-Ha Kim
Jan 03, 2013 Yang-Ha Kim rated it really liked it
Very interesting. I though of doing that myself but decided the truths would be found by my sister and I didn't want that. Thea is a growing up hurt girl with no bold face truths, she hides herself behind her barriar of lies and her notebook is her only comfort through it all, the only one she can confess to.
In Thea's notebook, you will find that there is a truth at the bottom of each day, a truth that she admits about herself. Thea herself is a liar, one who lies to her family, friends and some
May 16, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
I thought that this was a pretty good book. It was about this girl named Thea. She had a problem that made her lie frequently. Thea went up to her grandmother's house in new jersey, and believes that the entire situation is not benefiting her at all. Almost every day, Thea has to be around her younger cousin, Jocelyn. While riding around the island, Thea and Jocelyn discover a secret, but face the challenge of finding out what it is.
The Book Of 100 Truths is better than i had anticipated. At s
Lacey Louwagie
Jun 15, 2007 Lacey Louwagie rated it liked it
Shelves: youngadult
This book is about Thea, a liar. She begins lying as a way to cope with a tragedy involving her best friend. When she goes away for her annual summer visit to her grandmother, her mother gives her a notebook and tells her to use it to write "100 truths" before the end of the summer. The book of 100 truths provides a flimsier spine for the story than you'd expect, and it seems to be there purely so the author can tantalize us with whatever the "tragedy" is. The plot felt thin, but one thing I did ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
I read the book The Book of One Hundred Truths, by Julie Schumacher. The Genre of this book is realistic fiction, there is 175 ages in the book. The main characters are: Thea, Joclyn, Ellen , Celia, and the grand parents. This book is about this girl named Thea. Her parents make her go to see her relatives once an year. She gets to the house and sees that there's more people at the house than exspexted. She has to share a room, in the attic with the most annoying 7 year old girl, Joclyn. Her aun ...more
Vanessa M
Feb 13, 2013 Vanessa M rated it it was amazing
This book was really good.It was about a young girl namned Theodora Grumman and she was a lier. It came to a point were here parents didnt trust her on anything.She lost everyones trust even her closes friends. So one day her mom gives her this notebook to Theodora so she could write four truths a day . The only problem was that it was hard for Thea to write four thruths a day, especially when her grandparents house on Jersey Shore is even more packed.And her cousin Jocelyn wont leave her alone. ...more
Oct 15, 2012 7703nicolas rated it really liked it
I thought that THE BOOK OF ONE HUNDRED TRUTHS was a interesting realistic fiction book. The main character is Theodora Grumman and she's a lier. Her lying career began at the incident of the Three Mile creek. Then she lies for stupid petty reasons. She even goes as far as making a chart for the different types of lies. The book goes on as we find out things about Thea's past life in her Book of One Hundred Truths. This goes on as she and her little cousin, Jocelyn pursue a secret that their aunt ...more
Jenni Duggan
Jul 02, 2010 Jenni Duggan rated it it was amazing
This book was phenomenal. A two day read (kids' book) with great characters. I love Jocelyn and how she always makes her bed perfectly and puts the perfect amount of toothpaste on her toothbrush. I love the grandparents and how Thea relates to them...always doing what Nenna would ask and maybe not doing the same thing when one of her aunts would ask. The Grampa and how he would smile to show he was listening to every word being said. Makes me think of and miss my grandparents oh so much. The way ...more
Jun 08, 2009 Sandi rated it really liked it
Twelve year old Thea spends a few weeks every summer at her grandparents' house. Before going this summer her mom gives her a notebook and tells her to use it to write 100 truths. One problem is that Thea is a liar. Another is that several cousins are also staying and she has been charged with looking after nosy, 7 year old Jocelyn so she has little privacy. Thea is also keeping a secret that involves her former best friend. She soon discovers that she isn't the only one keeping secrets.

I liked
Sep 29, 2013 Alison rated it liked it
I read this book with my daughter, which was ironic because:
A. We live in Minnesota and recently visited a Great-Grandma in New Jersey, just like Thea
B. My daughter has been know to be a bit untruthful at times herself, just like Thea.
Who knew I had picked such a good book to keep her attention! We both liked this book better than expected. Watching Thea bond with and take care of her younger cousin, how both of them grew to need each other, was touching. Some of the lessons that I think the aut
Jun 21, 2010 Renee rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I read this book because several teachers said they use this book at the beginning of the year as a read aloud and then have their students write "one hundred truths." The writing was a bit distracting (the author would stop it the middle of something important in the plot to tell me that a drip of syrup landed on the main characters arm...WHO CARES?!!) but the overall idea of the book was interesting. Students who like realistic fiction would probably enjoy this book but I can't see making the ...more
May 26, 2011 Celia rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
Thea is a liar, and so, when she is sent to her grandparents for the summer, her mom gives her a notebook and asks her to write one truth a day. Well, it turns out that Thea wasn't always a liar, but something happened between her and her best friend, and now she is finding it difficult to deal with people.
I picked this book because the setting is the Jersey shore, and it reminded me of my childhood, spending vacations in Seaside Park.
This book has very real characters, and I liked Thea. A good
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Julie Schumacher grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and graduated from Oberlin College and Cornell University. Her first novel, The Body Is Water, was published by Soho Press in 1995 and was an ALA Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Minnesota Book Award.

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