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Ten Thousand Truths

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  17 reviews
"Thirteen-year-old Rachel is bad news, or so her foster care worker tells her. She's been shuttled from one rotten foster family to another ever since her mother and brother died in a car accident five years ago, and she's running out of options. So when she gets caught shoplifting and is kicked out of her latest home, the only place left to send her is the last resort for ...more
Paperback, 161 pages
Published 2012 by Acorn Press
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Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ten Thousand Truths is our book club's choice for October. I fell completely in love with this story; a heartbroken and troubled young girl, written off as a lost cause who eventually thrives and flourishes within the wise, kind and empathetic embrace of her new "family".

Maybe it's because I always wanted to live on a farm, but I was completely enchanted by White's descriptions of such normally mundane tasks as picking raspberries, swimming in the lake or preparing dinner. I was a welcomed guest
Lisa Dalrymple
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ve enjoyed all of Susan White’s books and Ten Thousand Truths is my all-time favourite. The depiction of the Kingston Peninsula in New Brunswick, of the lake, of the relationship between place and character, and the power of setting to heal, results in a story that is immersive and timeless. I would particularly recommend this for students in grades 6-9.
R.C. Gonzales
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Heartwarming. Informative.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-brunswick
This book is about a thirteen old girl named Rachel Garnham. Rachel lives in foster care with her foster parents Rob and Margaret Harriet. Rob and Margaret aren’t the nicest people going to put it mildly. When Rachel comes home one day from being caught shoplifting ( not for the first time) Rob and Margaret have had enough. They call Rachel’s social worker Mrs. Thompson to let her know they have to find a new placement for Rachel. Rachel is used to being shuffled around so this is routine for he ...more
Teena in Toronto
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
Five years ago Rachel's mother and younger brother were killed in a car accident. With no other family except for her maternal grandmother who didn't want her, Rachel, then eight, was put into the foster care system. She was bounced from one foster family to another because of behavioral issues. When she is caught shoplifting, that's it ... she's sent to Amelia's farm in the middle of New Brunswick, considered the last resort.

Rachel isn't used to the respect and support that being with Amelia pr
Julie C-F
It should feel like reading a diary. It does becuase the plot was more on what they did, their routines and their tasks. The people are so nice (except for the teachers! Why?!) that it feels like they are so unreal. Once the reader gets to know their backgrounds though, it is not a surprise that these characters turned out to be good people.

I like Amelia. She cares too much and gives so much of herself that she forgets she has her own fears to face. Rachel, with her age had so much that happene
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this one was a touching and engaging read. I think White had a solid cast of characters and I enjoyed seeing how they developed and interacted through the book. I will look up other books by this author.
Allan Hudson
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Although the book is intended for YA, I enjoyed the story. Rachael is a character I can really care about. Finding herself in unfortunate circumstances, she is cast into a different world. And thrives. Wonderful, warm, loving characters. A good read. I can see why Susan White's stories win awards. ...more
Claudia Nettleton
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriftbooks
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Chelsea Force
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you are wondering about appropriateness for your child or students I recommend this book for middle grades and higher. There is a hint of drug use and death, as well as neglect/abuse. Nothing graphic.

I have a soft spot for books about foster care because my parents are foster parents. When I am reading books with foster children as characters I try to justify whether or not a kid would really act the way they do. I feel like the actions and emotions were pretty accurate. The events towards th
Mary Francis
Aug 11, 2013 added it
Recommends it for: Good read for all ages
I bought this book at the Kingston Market from the author Susan White. I love supporting local authors and purchased it for my granddaughters.

But I have to tell you that I started reading it tonight and couldn't put it down till it was finished. It's an amazing story told through the eyes of a young girl, with such depth of emotions that I couldn't help but cry as her story was told.

Well done Susan - I will be looking for your other books!
Jen McLeod
May 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book touched me , and it will stay with me. Susan White has a way of weaving characters - hers are complex, vivid and ring with truth. I felt drawn in by the story, the people, the oh so important places. I felt there were true lessons here. I felt that words were respected, unwasted. I finished it in no time because I didn't want to put it down. I look forward to her next novel. ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great novel that I read in leas than 2 days. Author is a former teacher of mine and loved that the book took place where I grew up, mentioning places and people I know and Rachel went to the school that I had gone to. Ordering her other book right away
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
It was good
Nadine Lirette
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good story ... Local Saint John author...
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Sue White was born in New Brunswick and moved from one New Brunswick city to another. As a teenager her family moved to the Kingston Peninsula and she only left long enough to earn her BA and BEd at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. Settling on the peninsula, she and her husband raised four children and ran a small farm while she taught elementary school. Since retiring she is grateful to now ...more

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