True (. . . Sort Of)
True (. . . Sort Of)

True (. . . Sort Of)

Written by Katherine Hannigan
8 - 12
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Apr 24, 2012
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Memorable characters, endearing friendships, mature topic.

Delaware “Delly” Pattison (her sisters are named Tallahassee, Montana, and Galveston) is non-stop trouble, not because she wants to be, but because it seems to be what’s expected of her, and she’s not sure how to be anything different. Then an unexpected friendship develops between Delly and Ferris Boyd, a new girl at school who doesn’t talk and can’t be touched. This friendship results in tender moments of growth and bonding as the girls’ trials become catalysts for change in one another other. Hannigan does a masterful job of capturing the tenderness of youth, the sincerity of childhood friendships, and the unconditional love of family. It’s touching to see Delly’s character development as she responds to internal desires and external influences prompting her to be a good daughter, sister, and friend. Her unique vocabulary of noncuss words (“bawlgrammit”) and other original words (a surprise present is a “surpresent”) are a memorable invention. As a perceptive reader might expect, Ferris Boyd doesn’t talk and can’t be touched because she is physically abused by her father. The story avoids graphic description of the abuse, but anyone suggesting the book will still want to be confident the reader is ready for this content. Assuming they are, they’re in for a fun yet tender story of friendship, love, and caring for one another.

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What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Delly also has a hard time controlling her temper, so ask your child how Delly learns to do so.
  • Talk with your child about safety and what they should do if they ever learn that someone else is being hurt by another person. Inform them that they can talk to a parent about it.


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April 24, 2012
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Middle Grade
Reading Age
8 - 12 years
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