The Truth Commission (Hardcover)

By Susan Juby

Viking Books for Young Readers, 9780451468772, 320pp.

Publication Date: April 14, 2015



A Book Riot Best Book of 2015 So Far

Four starred reviews

-Susan Juby's The Truth Commission knocked my socks off. You should read it ---Gayle Forman, best-selling author of If I Stay
-Susan Juby is a marvel. Wise, witty, and full of heart, her writing draws you in and won't let go. And just when you think it can't get any better, it does.---Meg Cabot
This was going to be the year Normandy Pale came into her own. The year she emerged from her older sister's shadow--and Kiera, who became a best-selling graphic novelist before she even graduated from high school, casts a long one. But it hasn't worked out that way, not quite. So Normandy turns to her art and writing, and the -truth commission- she and her friends have started to find out the secrets at their school. It's a great idea, as far as it goes--until it leads straight back to Kiera, who has been hiding some pretty serious truths of her own. Susan Juby's The Truth Commission A story about easy truths, hard truths, and those things best left unsaid.
* -With a deft hand and an open mind, Juby presents many layers of truth. This is a sharp-edged portrait of a dysfunctional family with some thought-provoking ideas about what is real.- --Publishers Weekly, starred review
* -A surprising, witty, and compulsive read.- --School Library Journal, starred review
* -Hilarious, deliciously provocative and slyly thought-provoking.---Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* -Juby's bright dialogue and vivid, appealing characters draw readers along as the three young artists navigate truths both light and dark, discovering themselves in the process.---The Horn Book, starred review
* -A smart, savvy YA novel about what constitutes the truth; its ideas will linger long after the last page.---Shelf Awareness, starred review
-I absolutely loved The Truth Commission. Every page made me laugh aloud, while all the time the tears were creeping up on me. The characters are so real that I wouldn't be surprised if they knocked on my door right now. I hope they do, I want to spend more time with them.---Jaclyn Moriarty, author of The Year of Secret Assignments and A Corner of White

About the Author

Susan Juby ( has written six novels for teenagers. The most well-known is Alice, I Think, the first of the Alice MacLeod trilogy, which was made into a successful television series. She is also the author of a memoir, Nice Recovery, and the adult comic novel The Woefield Poetry Collective; the sequel, Republic of Dirt, has just been published in Canada. She is currently working on a second novel about the Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design. Susan Juby lives in Nanaimo, BC, Canada, the setting for most of her books -- including this one.