The Truth of Me
About a Boy, His Grandmother, and a Very Good Dog
By Patricia MacLachlan
(Katherine Tegen Books, Hardcover, 9780061998591, 114pp.)
Publication Date: June 2013
List Price: $16.99*
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When Robbie spends the summer at his grandmother Maddy's house, he revels in his grandmother's easy, relaxed ways. Robbie has always felt as if something is missing in his life--his parents don't always act like they love him. Maddy helps him understand that an experience his mother had long ago is at the heart of the problem in his family. With this knowledge, Robbie finds the courage to try to make things right.
This poignant story from beloved author Patricia MacLachlan celebrates how our unique "small truths" make each of us magical and brave in our own ways.
Publishers Weekly Best Children's BookALA Booklist Notable Children's Books NomineeNew York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.
Praise for Kindred Souls: “MacLachlan handles a familiar theme with grace, providing a lens into an uncanny intergenerational bond, as well as the kindness and generosity of love.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for Kindred Souls: “These are time-sculpted themes-the bond between a child and a grandparent, a child’s first experience of death, the comfort of continuity and connection to the natural world—and MacLachlan gives them her particular stamp of plain speaking and poetry.”
-The Horn Book
Praise for Kindred Souls: “The quiet rhythms of the story and the gentle banter of the dialogue make this an ideal group read aloud, but plenty of young readers will simply find it the perfect book to curl up with on their own.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books