And Nothing but the Truth
Finalist for the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award
Kit Pearson's endearing heroine from the award-winning The Whole Truth , Polly, is now thirteen and following in her sister's footsteps to a boarding school in Victoria. The adjustment is difficult--all those rules!--and Polly often escapes into her dreams of becoming an artist. At least her family is intact again, and there are no more dark and difficult secrets to be kept hidden . . . that is, until her teenage sister, Maud, makes a dramatic confession. Will Polly be able to keep this new secret? Will it tear her family apart again?
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In the fall of 1935, Polly, now almost 13, is sent against her will to Victoria to attend St. Winifred's School for Girls. Polly hates boarding school as much as she expects to, and is suffused with homesickness for her happy life with Noni, her beloved grandmother, on Kingfisher Island. The only good thing about boarding school is Special Art. Polly's growing desire to become an artist is nourished by her art teacher and a magical visit to Emily Carr. A conflict develops within Polly about whether to continue at school because of her art, or to refuse to go back. An even larger dilemma is when Maud reveals an enormous secret that threatens to destroy both girls' relationship with Noni.
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