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Shades of Truth

(From Sadie's Sketchbook #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  34 reviews
It’s Going to Be a Bear of a YearSadie thought she’d have a perfect fresh start when she moved to Owl Creek, Michigan, but finding her place in her new school proves harder than she expected. In this divided town, Sadie’s father’s job mediating between bear hunters and researchers doesn’t help her social life. Sadie’s art instructor encourages her to explore her beliefs ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published November 26th 2011 by Zonderkidz (first published November 8th 2011)
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Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In this book readers are introduced to Sadie Douglas, a young girl whose family decides to move from California to Owl Creek, Michigan. Sadie's mom has been sick for awhile so the family thought that the move might just help. While Sadie puts a positive perspective on moving thinking of it as a great adventure she quickly learns that it isn't so easy to make new friends because of her dad's new job which is working as a middle man between bear hunters and researchers. When Sadie finally makes a ...more
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“It’s Going to Be a Bear of a Year Sadie thought she’d have a perfect fresh start when she moved to Owl Creek, Michigan, but finding her place in her new school proves harder than she expected. In this divided town, Sadie’s father’s job mediating between bear hunters and researchers doesn’t help her social life. Sadie’s art instructor encourages her to explore her beliefs and express herself through her sketchbook, and things improve after Sadie befriends a kind girl from school
Dani Moore
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
From Sadie's Sketchbook
Shades of Truth
Book one by Naomi Kinsman

Sadie loves her friends, her family, her life. Then her mom gets sick, her dad gets transfered and her life changes.....a lot. Sadie's friend sends a box with her that contains 10 reasons why they will always be friends. She instructs Sadie to only read each one when she really needs it. We follow Sadie as she tries to make friends, learns to draw, discovers God, and learns some hard lessons. This young readers story is interesting,
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Goodreads win!

A bear of a year is quite the understatement… at least that is the pronouncement on the back cover of Naomi Kinsman’s novel “Shades of Truth.” To be honest, it made me laugh since it is a pun on the book itself.

But Sadie’Douglas’ has no idea how hard her year will be ahead… or the hidden truths she will find in herself. Sadie has just moved to Michigan where her dad was hired to meditate a highly explosive bear situation. Her dad seen as a “California tree-hugger” before anyone
Tallulah A. Scribbles
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
"Shades of Truth" is the first book in Naomi Kinsman’s youth Christian fiction series, From Sadie’s Sketchbook. It is a warm tale about trying to grow up while finding and developing a Christian faith. Twelve-year-old Sadie Douglas moves from California to Michigan when her father gets a new job. In Matthew Douglas’ new role, he is a mediator between Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (and the bear researchers working with it) and local hunters who believe that the bears pose a serious ...more
Vanya D.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Usually I don't go about reading book reviews before giving a chance to the book itself. This time however, for some unknown to me reason, I looked at a review before picking up the novel. It so happened that it was a not-very-flattering 3-star and because of it I started on "Shades of Truth" with a slight negative prejudice. Guess what? It turns out that I loved it.

True, it wasn't my usual type of read, since I don't really go for pre-teen books and this one was for ages 8-12. But to be
Kristine Hansen
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
** I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway **

It's been a long time since I've read a Christian YA book that wasn't sappy, unrealistic, or plot poor. That's why I was SOOOOO delighted with Sadie.

We have your typical new-girl-in-town story, but with a not so typical twist of a chaotic homelife and an entire town against her before she even unpacks her bags. Her dad's job and the conflict of hunting versus preserving the local bear population is unique. Then when I read her mother had Chronic
Shayla Drumm
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
As I read this book I related the character's feelings and sentiments to my 11 year old daughter and found them authentic and insightful. Shades of truth depicts a variety of struggles that tweens can face during the middle years such as bullying, family illness, and moving across the country. Sadie is fortunate to be able to maintain some long-distance friendships, form new ones, and find support with adults while developing her relationship with God. I was blessed to win this book in a ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book from GoodReads! "Shades of Truth" by Naomi Kinsman is a delightful novel appropriate for younger teenagers, as well as adults. I enjoyed reading this story about a middle school aged girl who moves away from the home where she grew up, but stays in contact and shares her struggles with her best friend through email. This story encompasses the very real struggles every person experiences when the line between right and wrong become blurred and how the decisions we make can have ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I realize that this book doesn't at all seem like something I would read. However, I was intrigued by the premise--a young girl struggles with the hunting (legal and otherwise) of the black bears she has grown to love--and I was especially curious to see how this would be handled in a Christian-themed juvenile novel.

Writing-wise, I actually liked this book more than I expected to. I don't have to tell you that the world of juvenile paperbacks--especially series fiction--is home to a lot of poor
Janice Garey
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Review Title: The Art of Truthfulness (review of Shades of Truth by Naomi Kinsman)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars

This book is part of a series, "From Sadie's Sketchbook," and is categorized as Juvenile Fiction. The author, Naomi Kinsman, has a gift in weaving together events in the life of young middle school/high school age character, Sadie, that escalate into the drama of knowing the truth, or what appears to be the truth, and then the difficulty of determining the proper time, way, and
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Today, I was really in the mood for something cute, so when I was browsing NetGalley for my next e-book read, SHADES OF TRUTH by Naomi Kinsman totally caught my eye. Honestly, I didn't even read the synopsis before requesting the opportunity to read the galley, so I went into the story without any real expectations at all.

Beginning with plot. Sadie, a thoughtful 12-year old girl, was recently forced to leave behind her friends and school in sunny California to start a new life at an unfamiliar
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Flickering the Hope was the first book I read in this Sadie's Sketchbook series. I have always did wondered what has happened in the first book which is Shades of Truth.

In Shades of Truth, Sadies is moving to Eagle's Nest, Michigan from Southern California. Her dad took a job in being a mediator between the bear hunters and researchers. It was also a new beginning and a change of pace for Sadies' family. Her mom has Chronic Fatigue Illness. Some days are good days and some days are just bad
Jan 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this book. I had requested it on NetGalley thinking I would like it, but I got halfway through and was just so bored. I couldn't read another page of the book. I don't know why it was like that, it could have been because it was from a seventh graders POV and it just seemed like petty drama to me.

Cover: I actually like the cover. It's cute and simple and it looks like a book for middle school kids. Which is the intended age group. It's captures a young girls thoughts
Debra McArthur
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I think it speaks to girls on so many levels. Sadie's concerns: moving to a new place, dealing with bullies, her dad's job, her mother's illness, are all the kinds of things girls in the 'tween years are concerned with. When she understands the peril of the bears, the conflicts all come together. Her growing talent as an artist adds a hopeful element for her, just when things look bleak. I liked Sadie's emails to her friend in her former hometown, but I also would ...more
I realize this book and it's sequels might not appeal to a wide audience, though we did find it at the public library, but I find it encouraging for young readers seeking or growing in faith. It doesn't get "deep" into sin or saving or Jesus. Simply, but importantly, it brings up the possibility and hope of a Creator who exists and who cares. Sadie is encouraged to notice, to be open to possibilities, and open to sharing and confiding in others. We are created as relational beings and need ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book as a first-read from Goodreads (intended for my daughter). I am not one for books running towards religion, but she saw this book and wanted to read it. Of course with all intentions of writing a review, I read it first. Very much pleasantly surprised, I really enjoyed it. Suffice it to say, I do believe we will be picking up the next book in the series (for me to read, as well as looking into a couple of other of Naomi's collections. My daughter has requested we go to ...more
Kim Montoya
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read from this author. I was glad I won the book as I'm trying to find some books for my "tween" granddaughters that are a bit more current than "Little House". This book is great for that. The main character, Sadie, has a better attitude than most would have when being uprooted from her home and moving to a more rural environment, one where bears can actually be found in your back yards. The book, though, focuses on ways to make new friends, the importance of ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First-reads book. I'm going to start this book with a three-star rating, but if my niece really likes the book, I'll up it to four stars. Sadie moves from California to Michigan and leaves all her friends behind. She appears to have a very positive outlook but then things happen. Frankie, one of the girls in her 7th grade class doesn't like her. Sadie sees bears as beautiful animals and vetoes the idea of hunting. Her mom has ups and downs with her chronic fatigue syndrome. There is a lot going ...more
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed in Shades of Truth by Naomi Kinsman. This book had an interesting set up and could have been a fairly good read. But the easy out and worn story of 'new student surrounded by bullies' is trite and hopefully not true in today's schools.

I found the author threw in all sorts of story lines that were to make the main character more sympathetic, a mother who was sick, a father with a new job, a misunderstanding with a new friend etc.
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Naomi Kinsman expertly weaves a tale full of lyrical music (because of her adept writing skills) and artistic nature as seen in her young protagonist. The coming of age tale pulls the reader in with an authentic younger voice. The tale, while giving a good message, does not preach or force a choice upon its readers. The gentle exploration of faith in the time of coming of age only adds to the magic of the lyrical writing. A good choice for many young (middle grade) readers. I will be ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thanks to the publishers for the opportunity to read this book for an unbiased review.

For some light reading I enjoy tween and YA books and this one did not let me down. Oh, to be young again with the complexity of the problems of the youth....but only if I get to keep the knowledge I have now! Naomi Kinsman's writing pulled me in from the first page and I was very excited to share this book with my daughter as soon as I
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book from GoodReads. It is about a girl who moves to a new town and while there she struggles with growing up, figuring out the difference between truth and what is right, and trying to hold on to her old friends. I felt that the characters did not act their age. Some characters seemed older than they were supposed to be, but most of them acted quite a few years younger. I enjoyed the e-mails that were included in the story. Overall, this was a good middle grade book.
Nov 01, 2012 added it
I don’t often read books with a spiritual lean, especially ones for middle grade readers, but I found this a compelling read. The search for spiritual understand comes out of Sadie. It doesn’t feel artificial. On top of that it’s a fun read. Full of compelling moral questions---not just about faith, but about living. Just the right questions kids this age will like reading about and asking themselves.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Theresa by: goodreads
I won Shades of Truth by Naomi Kinsman in a giveaway for free on Goodreads First/Reads* I'm glad I did- This book takes place in my home state~ and this is a book I can now hand down to my girls to read. This book deals with some issues for young girls, and I'm excited to see what my two daughters think. I rated this book five stars and would recommend to everyone. Thanks~ Reesa***
Apr 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
This took me longer than I expected to read. Lacked depth/was superficial both the story and characters. Was a disappointing read.
Jul 07, 2012 marked it as michaela
Shelves: mine-all-mine

I won this book on a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. (for my daughter)

Margaret Chind
Nov 10, 2011 marked it as ebook-review-to-read
Recommended to Margaret by: Candice Frederick
jeanett Garren
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book I'm going to read next book

I thought this book was sad but I chose this rating because it happens all the time the promotion and sadness
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
good for outdoorsy readers
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Naomi Kinsman is the author of Spilled Ink (winner of the 2009 Moonbeam Gold Medal for Educational/Activity book) as well as the From Sadie’s Sketchbook series (Zondervan). She has written and directed over 50 plays for young audiences, and has written for Highlights, Spider and Devozine magazines.

As founder of the Society of Young Inklings, Naomi shares her passion for writing and creativity with

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