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Jeffry W. Johnston

“A tough, fast, twisty little brawler of a book.”

  – BOOKLIST ONLINE

A 2017 YALSA Quick Pick
for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

The new Young Adult thriller from the
Edgar Award nominated author of FRAGMENTS

Available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

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I want to thank the students at the Rahway High School - Alternative Center for Education in Rahway, NJ, for having me as their guest today to talk about THE TRUTH, which they had all read, and a little about FRAGMENTS, which they are currently reading. It was a fun and informative Q&A, which I enjoyed very much. (Dang, though, I wish I had remembered to take a picture of everyone to post here). Also a big thank you to their teachers, Joann Mannix and Kari Lyn. And to those of you students who were pushing me for a TRUTH sequel ... well, I'm thinking about it... ... See MoreSee Less

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Next up: Tomorrow, May 2, I will be talking with students at Rahway High School - Alternative Center for Education, Rahway, NJ, who have read THE TRUTH and FRAGMENTS; that's very exciting. Then this Saturday, May 6, I will, again, be one of the authors signing books at the excellent West Deptford Book Festival at the Riverwoods Community Center in West Deptford. The event runs from 10pm - 4pm. I will be there from 10-1. Both THE TRUTH and FRAGMENTS will be available. While the event includes authors of books for children through adults, other YA, middle grade and children's book authors at the event include Jodi Moore, Darlene Jacobsen, Laurie Walmark, Dianne Salerni and Nancy Viau. If you're in the area, stop on by. ... See MoreSee Less

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THE TRUTH


Nothing but the truth will get him killed…

When Chris wakes up in a dark basement tied to a chair, he knows that he’s trapped – and why. Eight nights ago a burglar broke into Chris’ home. Eight nights ago Chris did what he had to do to protect his family. And eight nights ago a thirteen-year-old runaway bled to death on his kitchen floor.

Now Derek wants the truth about what happened that night. He wants proof his little brother didn’t deserve to die. For every lie Chris tells, he will lose a finger. But telling the truth is far more dangerous…

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Praise for THE TRUTH

“A psychological mystery that will draw in readers who are fans of…Gail Giles. A tough, fast, twisty little brawler of a book.”
— Booklist Online

“Such a fast-paced read!  What really happened that night? The truth will leave you gasping.”
— April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Stolen and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2017)
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Resources for Teachers

THE TRUTH: Discussion Guide


FRAGMENTS

Ever since the accident, Chase feels shattered. He can’t remember that night, and everyone’s treating him like a broken freak. He just wants things to go back to normal. So when he starts getting flashes of memory, he’s relieved. He’s sure once he remembers everything, he can put the crash behind him and start over.

But when the flashes reveal another memory, Chase starts to panic. He’s desperate to leave his ugly past behind. But if he wants to put the pieces together once and for all, he must face the truth about who he is . . . and what he has done.

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Praise for FRAGMENTS

“Terrific! FRAGMENTS is a dark, edgy read. You’ll race to the finish.”
— Gail Giles, author of What Happened To Cass Mcbride and Playing in Traffic

“This novel will keep teens reading to the very last page.” — Booklist Editor’s Choice, Great Read (2008)

Edgar Award Nominee, Best Young Adult (2008)
— Mystery Writers of America

Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2008)
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Events

UPCOMING

Book Fair

Date: June 1, 2017

Time: 7 pm - 9 pm

Location: Deptford, NJ

Address

Barnes & Noble

The Court at Deptford II

1553 Almonesson Road

Deptford NJ 08096

856-232-3123

Map & Directions

Book Festival

Date: September 30, 2017

Time: 1 pm - 4 pm

Location: Middletown, PA

Address

Middletown Public Library

20 North Catherine Street

Middletown, PA 17057

717-944-6412

Map & Directions


PAST

Nerd Camp NJ

Date: May 20, 2017

Time: 8 am - 2 pm

Location: Chatham Township, NJ

Address

Chatham High School

255 Lafayette Ave

Chatham Township, NJ 07928

973-635-9075

Map & Directions

Book Signing

Date: May 6, 2017

Time: 9 am - 1 pm

Location: West Deptford, NJ

Address

2017 West Deptford Book Festival

Riverwinds Community Center

1000 Riverwinds Dr

West Deptford, NJ 08086

856-251-0990

Map & Directions

School Talk plus Q&A

Date: May 2, 2017

Location: Rahway, NJ

Address

Rahway High School, Alternative Education Center (private event)

Cherry Hill Teen Fest

Date: April 15, 2017

Time: 12 pm - 3 pm

Location: Cherry Hill, NJ

Address

Cherry Hill Library

1100 Kings Hwy N.

Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

856-667-0300

Map & Directions

Book Signing

Date: April 4, 2017

Time: 5 pm

Location: Broomall, PA

Address

Barnes & Noble

Lawrence Park Shopping Center

Broomall, PA 19008

610-353-3255

Map & Directions

KidLit Author’s Group Panel

Date: April 1, 2017

Time: 10 am

Location: Hershey, PA

Address

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

44th Annual Conference

Hershey Lodge and Conference Center

325 University Drive

Hershey, PA 18042

Map & Directions

Author Signing

Date: March 31, 2017

Time: 1 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Hershey, PA

Address

Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

44th Annual Conference

Hershey Lodge and Conference Center

325 University Drive

Hershey, PA 18042

Map & Directions

Family Literacy Night

Date: March 23, 2017

Time: 6 pm - 8 pm

Location: Glen Mills, PA

Address

Garnet Valley Middle School

601 Smithbridge Rd

Glen Mills, PA 19342

610-579-5100

Map & Directions

YA Fest

Date: March 18, 2017

Time: 1 pm - 3 pm

Location: Easton, PA

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Address

Easton Area Public Library, Palmer Branch

1 Weller Place

Easton, PA 18042

610-258-7492

Map & Directions

YA Authors Panel

Date: November 19, 2016

Time: 1 pm - 4 pm

Location: Elkins Park, PA

Address

Open Book Bookstore

7900 High School Road

Elkins Park, PA 19027

267-627-4888

Note: the bookstore is inside The Frame House
and across the street from Creekside Co-op.

Map & Directions

About Jeff

Picture of Jeffry W. Johnston and Charlie the dog

Image courtesy of First Digital Media.

Jeffry W. Johnston has published about thirty-five short stories and more than two hundred articles. His first young adult novel, Fragments, was an Edgar Award nominee for Best Young Adult Mystery and a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers selection by YALSA. He is also a member of the KidLit Authors Club.

Jeff lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and their teenage son.


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