Three Things I Know Are True
Winter 2019 Kids Indie Next List
— Nichole Cousins, Still North Books & Bar, Brooklyn, NY
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Fans of Jandy Nelson and Marieke Nijkamp will love this deeply moving novel in verse about the aftermath of a gun accident.
Life changes forever for Liv when her older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his best friend Clay’s father’s gun. Now Jonah needs round-the-clock care just to stay alive, and Liv feels like she’s the only person who can see that her brother is still there inside his broken body.
With Liv’s mom suing Clay’s family, there are divisions in the community that Liv knows she’s not supposed to cross. But Clay is her friend, too, and she refuses to turn away from him—just like she refuses to give up on Jonah.
This powerful novel is a stunning exploration of tragedy, grief, compassion, and forgiveness.
Praise For Three Things I Know Are True…
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
"Piercingly realistic. A poignant, humanizing exploration of a sadly timely issue."
— Kirkus Reviews
"An emotional journey that follows a life-altering tragedy. Culley weaves carefully chosen details into a slowly forming tapestry. A tale that is both harrowing in subject matter and elegant in execution."
— ALA Booklist
"A heartbreaking story about a topic that is too prevalent in today’s society."
— School Library Journal
"Eloquent narrative verse. Culley deftly captures the community’s nuanced responses and the heartbreak both families navigate as this devastating tragedy becomes a political battleground."
— Publishers Weekly
HarperTeen, 9780062908025, 480pp.
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
About the Author
Betty Culley lives in central Maine, where the rivers run through the small towns. She’s an RN who worked as an obstetrics nurse and as a pediatric home hospice nurse. Three Things I Know Are True is her debut.