The Whole Truth

The Whole Truth

Book - 2011
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"After it happened they were sent away." So begins Kit Pearson's new novel of mystery and family loyalty. It is 1932. Polly, almost ten, and her older sister, Maud, travel by train and boat from Winnipeg to an island between Vancouver and Victoria. There they will live with their grandmother, who will be their guardian. Maud will go to boarding school in Victoria, while Polly will live with her grandmother and attend the small school on the island.

Their grandmother and other family members welcome the girls warmly; new-school jitters give way to new friendships and even a new puppy; and slowly Polly feels that she is becoming part of a larger family she never knew until now.

But Polly and Maud have a dramatic secret, and they have promised each other never to tell anyone. A surprise arrival on the island, however, threatens Polly's newfound happiness and tests the bonds of family love. Can Polly keep the secret and her new life on the island?

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781554688524
Branch Call Number: J PEA
Characteristics: 263 p. ; 23 cm


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Oct 17, 2013

I loved this book!
Kit Pearson has lots of good books
but this one is one of my favorites.
Can't wait to read the second.

Jacksparrow69 May 11, 2013

Kit Pearson is AWSOME i also recomend jessica day goerge and the ingo series by Helen Dunmore

Feb 09, 2013

I strongly recommend reading this book! I love Kit Pearson books and I loved this one. If you are thinking should I read this book... READ IT!!!!!!!

Jan 29, 2013

I love this book.

librarylil Nov 19, 2012

What would you do if you were 10 and you and your big sister promised to keep a big secret that affected every aspect of your life read this one and find out what one young lady struggled with.

Nov 12, 2012

i am reading book 2, and Nothing But The Truth. So far it is so good and i cant wait to read book 1 (backwards day :P) I reccomend you read it.

samdog123 Oct 16, 2012

Polly and and her sister come to live with their Grandmother on an island near Vancouver. It's the depression and their Father has fallen on hard times and gotten himself in trouble. So, they must adapt to a new life with a new part of their family. A really delightful period piece, Kit Pearson never fails to write heartwarming fiction.

branch_reviews Jun 28, 2012

In the summer of 1932, the lives of shy Polly and her outspoken older sister Maud have been turned upside down! Their father is missing and presumed dead, so they are westward bound on a train to live on an island midway between Vancouver and Victoria with the grandmother they’ve never met. Almost immediately, 15-year-old Maud heads excitedly to boarding school, leaving Polly, 10, devastated and lonely. Slowly, she works her way through her grief and isolation, making a new friend and eventually accepting the warm embrace of her extended family. But the sisters share a secret which could destroy their new lives. Will the whole truth ever be known? A gentle coming-of-age story with a mystery twist.
A sequel, And Nothing but the Truth, is to be published this fall.
Reviewed by DC

Apr 09, 2012

Even better than this book was when the author herself commented on my book blog's review of it! Fantastic.

Jan 03, 2012

It was pretty good but I was hoping for the secret to be a little more like wow but overall it was okay was definetly not my favourite kit pearson book

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Jul 07, 2014

Polly and Maud's family continues to decrease. Their new family made of people they only met once is nervracing at first but slowly increase's. New schools, new friend the whole island is new. When the truth is revealed things start to twist but when the whole truth is revealed the twisting starts again.


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