The Truth of Me

The Truth of Me9780061998591_p0_v2_s260x420The Truth of Me

Patricia MacLachlan, Author

Katherine Tegen Books/Harper-Collins Publishers, Fiction, June 2013

Suitable for Ages: 6-10

Themes: Grandmothers, Dogs, Animals, Family Relationships

Opening: This is a true story. The truest story ever. You may not believe it. Your loss. But it’s true. I have a witness.”

Synopsis: Robbie’s musician parents send him and his dog, Ellie, to spend the summer with his grandmother Maddy. Robbie’s parents are so absorbed with their music that he feels unnoticed. But, he can be himself with Maddy and her relaxed way of living.  He loves listening to her stories about her adventures with animals in the woods, which no one else believes. Robbie is the only one who experiences Maddy’s gift with wild animals and how they trust her. Both Robbie and Ellie learn about the natural world through Maddy. And, Maddy shares a secret with Robbie about his mother that helps him understand his family dynamics and find “the truth of me.” With this information, Robbie finds the courage to make things right.

Why I like this book: This is a quiet book that celebrates family relationships and special gifts.  Patricia MacLachlan has written a story that is realistic, special and begging to be explored. She has a gift for writing about families and this book is no exception.  The characters are believable, the language is simple and easy for young readers, the narrative gentle and the plot engaging.  Every family has its secrets and kids will curl up with this heartwarming and emotional story as they experience the magic with Robbie and Ellie.  Patricia MacLachlan is a Newberry Medalist for her book Sarah, Plain and Tall.  I reviewed her powerful 2013 picture book about grief and renewal, Snowflakes Fall, which was dedicated to the families of Newtown and Sandy Hook, CT.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

34 thoughts on “The Truth of Me

  1. I love gentle family stories, and by a favorite children’s author, no less. Adding this to the top of my list!! Thanks so much for spotlighting it, Pat. (I love the cover!)


  2. Hi Patricia,
    We got this book a while back and it has been on my “to read” list but I hadn’t had a chance to dive into it. I’m so glad you selected it to review and now feel even more compelled to read it. I’ve added a bit of your review to our page for the book on our web site (with attribution and a link back of course). We’re starting to put little cards on the shelves in the shop in front of the books that we have facing forward. On Tuesday when I get to work I’ll face this one forward with a little card that says “Patricia Tilton recommends….”


  3. This is a must-read for me! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Pat. (I was trying the whole way through your review to place the author’s name. Of course! Sarah Plain and Tall!)


    • And, she did that special picture book tribute in honor of the families of Sandy Hook. You will enjoy her style of writing and her imagination in creating Robbie’s special granny, who in a quirky and magical way, helps him make sense of his life and his place.


  4. This sounds like a very sweet story. I like when books focus on family relationships. Sarah, Plain and Tall used to be a favorite of mine when I was a younger so I should read this. Thanks for sharing Pat!


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