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Three Things I Know Are True Kindle Edition
Fans of Jandy Nelson and Marieke Nijkamp will love this deeply moving novel in verse about the aftermath of a gun accident.
Life changes forever for Liv when her older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his best friend Clay’s father’s gun. Now Jonah needs round-the-clock care just to stay alive, and Liv feels like she’s the only person who can see that her brother is still there inside his broken body.
With Liv’s mom suing Clay’s family, there are divisions in the community that Liv knows she’s not supposed to cross. But Clay is her friend, too, and she refuses to turn away from him—just like she refuses to give up on Jonah.
This powerful novel is a stunning exploration of tragedy, grief, compassion, and forgiveness.
"Culley's compelling free-verse poems accumulate into a poignant story of a family that was already struggling and then transformed into something unrecognizable. Liv's narration is touching, honest, and perceptive. A story of love and resilience as much as loss and grief." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
"Eloquent narrative verse. Culley deftly captures the community's nuanced responses and the heartbreak both families navigate as this devastating tragedy becomes a political battleground." -- Publishers Weekly
"A heartbreaking story about a topic that is too prevalent in today's society." -- School Library Journal
"An emotional journey that follows a life-altering tragedy. Culley weaves carefully chosen details into a slowly forming tapestry. A tale that is both harrowing in subject matter and elegant in execution." -- ALA Booklist
About the Author
Betty Culley lives in central Maine, where the rivers run through the small towns. She's an RN who worked as an obstetrics nurse and as a pediatric home hospice nurse. Three Things I Know Are True is her debut.
Cassandra Morris has received critical acclaim for her voice-over work from Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine, earning a dozen Earphones Awards and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her voice has also been heard on television in commercial campaigns and numerous Nickelodeon and Disney products. She is the voice of many cartoon characters, including Leo and Luna in Yu-Gi-Oh, Carrie in Barbie: A Fairy Secret, Nathan in Pokémon, and Lola in Angelo Rules.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07QXKCLWD
- Publisher : HarperTeen; Reprint edition (January 7, 2020)
- Publication date : January 7, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 7275 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 473 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062908022
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,574 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There are those split-second moments of tragedy that change the dynamics of everyday life in an instant, affecting everyone involved.
My heart went out to Liv, the sister who was so perceptive in picking up Jonah’s forms of communication. She took such great care of her brother, making him as comfortable as she could in her devoted ways. I loved how she took control of so many situations, including her avid forgiveness for Jonah’s best friend Clay.
I found myself cheering for Jonah with hopes for his healing (and maybe a small miracle) all the while, feeling bad for Clay and this terrible incident that happened between two great childhood friends.
I applauded the strengths in general of these two families, especially the moms in such a dire situation and how they kept moving forward no matter what, (even through the separation of community).
This is one of those stories that you can't stop reading with each page of strength and compassion gleaming through the intricate well written flowing verse. Bravo to @bettyculley for such a powerful, compassionate true to heart story!
I highly recommend this novel in verse if you’re looking for a great heartfelt one day read that you can’t put down!
It takes place in a mill town in Maine and brings to life that setting. The characters are embraceable and real. I sometimes have a hard time getting a physical picture in my mind of book characters and places. In this book, they are all very real and visible to me. There are characters other than the people that are very real players in the story (the river, for example), and they are woven into the story beautifully and you grow to appreciate them as much as the people themselves.
If you want a book that is a page turner and yet so good that you want to slow down and savor every word; if you want a book that will stay with you long after you finish it; if you want a book with a good plot and also a gentle, compassionate treatment of human shortcomings and strengths, then read this book.
Just read this book.
Although the book is about a very sad situation, a young man who is nearly killed as a result of shooting himself in the head with a gun he didn’t know was loaded, and his younger sister who cares for him after the incident, I just loved it. I laughed out loud, and wept deeply. It filled me with so many emotions, but in the end it left me with an overwhelming feeling of hope. It also gave me a new-found respect for those who care for people who can no longer care for themselves.
Everyone should have the pleasure of reading this book. If you want, you can borrow my copy, but you can’t keep it.