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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  135 Ratings  ·  47 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 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 14, 2015 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.
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.
Deep Brahmbhatt
“Truth” is an average book. The story of the book is boring. The story is about an adult dying at a high school party. Everyone seems to have a clue as to who murdered the adult, but nobody will reveal any information to the police. Jen, who went to the party, has her own hypotheses as to who killed the adult. Being a reporter for her school’s television show, Jen has a desire to uncover the truth about the murder. However, when Jen digs too deep, bad things start to happen. Violence starts to o ...more
Megan Anderson
Hmm, okay. Let’s see…

All right, I’ll start here. At one point Jen mentions that Shakespearean endings are “all blood and last-minute honor” (97). I just had to put the book down and laugh because everything fell into place. I knew exactly how the story was going to end, but I also knew exactly why Kyi had set it up that way. She was going for a Shakespearean ending. She did a good job of it, too. The last thirty pages or so are really compelling reading. The pace seems to pick up out of nowhere,
Dhan Tamber
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this while waiting in the library at university. Got through the whole book before my ride came. Pretty predictable story line but honestly it did occupy me for an hour it was totally worth it 👍🏽 if you need to kill some time and have that feeling of finishing a book before you have to put it down, go for it.
Logan Bunch
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out at a high school party that turns for the worst. Someone has come up dead in the upstairs part of the house. Throughout the book, speculations are raised about everyone who was involved. Who really killed Ted. The book also deals with high school drama such as relationships and other things. This book was pretty good.
Bryanna Pargo
I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars because it contains a great plot but lacked details. The story is about the murder of a parent in at a teen house party. The story follows a reporter who desperately tries to uncover this strange death. Even though it could be a great story it seemed to miss the mystery part of the mystery story. For example, after the body is found it does not take a lot of time before the reader finds out who is the killer. There was no anticipation.
Lisa McManus
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this young adult story about a teen trying to solve a mystery while coming to terms with doing the right thing - and risking a relationship. Smooth writing, engaging storytelling - loved it!
Yobani Mendoza
Dec 16, 2015 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
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
el libro es un simple historia en donde jen, la protagonista descubre la verdad de lo que ocurrió en una fiesta en donde un hombre fue asesinado. algo que no me gusto de este libro es que fue mas acción y menos trabajo dectectivo. yo digo eso porque Jen ja supo desde el principio que Ross fue culpable por asesinaso, y no se podía encontrar qué alguien más podría ser culpable porque Ross era una persona mala que abusaba todo, el esteroide, los estudiantes, la cerveza. y también nunca descubrimos ...more
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
Taya Mills
Apr 08, 2013 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
Xiao Wen
Jan 12, 2012 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
Nikki Keegan
Jun 13, 2012 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
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
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
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orca, ya, 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
Jan 06, 2014 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
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
Oct 14, 2009 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
Melinda Abel
Jan 07, 2014 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.
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.
Mar 09, 2012 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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Cem Nesiri
Jan 18, 2015 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.
May 07, 2015 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!
Aug 20, 2009 added it
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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.
a good book
Mar 09, 2016 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.
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