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

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THE TRUTH: Discussion Guide


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 Readers (2008)
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)



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About Jeff

Picture of Jeffry W. Johnston and Charlie the dog

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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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