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 Truth of me : about a boy, his grandmother, and a very good dog
 Author: MacLachlan, Patricia

 Publisher:  HarperCollins (2013)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 114 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 595025 ISBN: 9780061998591
 Ages: 6-10 Grades: 1-5

 Subjects:
 Grandmothers -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Parent-child relationship -- Fiction

Price: $20.76

Summary:
Robbie and his dog, Ellie, spend the summer at his grandmother Maddy's house, where Robbie learns many things about his emotionally distant parents and himself.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 2.80
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 160227
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 61264

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/13)
   School Library Journal (07/01/13)
   Booklist (09/01/13)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/10/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2013 Gr 3–5—An elegant exploration of love and familial relationships. Robbie is looking forward to spending the summer with his grandmother, Maddy. He likes her eccentric stories, he likes that wild animals come right up to her, and he likes how Maddy makes his parents nervous. Robbie often feels that his parents, accomplished professional musicians, love their instruments more than him. Over the course of the summer, Maddy helps him realize that he can be brave enough to express his feelings openly even though his mother might not be capable of saying "I love you" in return. This story is well paced and rhythmic in its dialogue, lending itself well to a group read-aloud. This is a sweet, easy chapter book that teaches children about coming to terms with their own feelings as well as accepting and appreciating others for their own "small truths." —Tiffany O'Leary, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 09/01/2013 Master storyteller MacLachlan spins an emotional yarn about the bond between a boy and his grandmother. Feeling distanced from his aloof parents, Robbie is excited to spend the summer with his grandmother Maddy. Even though his parents think Maddy is a bit odd, Robbie knows the truth—that Maddy is special and understands him like no one else. During his time with Maddy, Robbie discovers the truth that is in him—that he is brave, strong, and, most of all, loved. Throughout the summer, Maddy unveils stories about his mother’s past, and Robbie begins to understand the resulting strained relationships. Robbie’s bond with Maddy is a strong one, and readers will relate to their special connection. A spare, poetically composed tale written in short chapters perfect for beginning read-it-alone readers, this should resonate with young and old alike—and makes for a great intergenerational story to share. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.

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