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Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies)

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Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies)

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$7.99 US | $10.99 CAN
Available April 1, 2007

  • Genre:
  • Age Range: 12 & up
  • Grade Level: 7-17
  • Pages: 256
  • Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316011310

  About The Book

Half Asian and half white Patty Ho has never felt completely at home in her skin. Life at House Ho is tough enough between her ultra-strict Taiwanese mom (epic-length lectures and all) and her Harvard-bound big brother. But things get worse when a Chinese fortuneteller channels Patty's future via her bellybutton?and divines a white guy on her horizon. Her mom then freaks out and ships her off to math camp at Stanford. Just as Patty writes off her summer of woe, life starts glimmering with all kinds of probabilities.
Patty falls for a gorgeous guy who just happens to be Asian, is assigned to a confident and crazy Chinese roommate who defies all of Patty's stereotypes, and starts to feel comfortable in her own skin.
Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) is a debut novel with the perfect balance of humor and poignancy.



Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies) (HC):
Borders Original Voice Nominee
Book Sense Pick

«"Headley makes an impressive debut with this witty, intimate novel."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Great voice from a very promising debut."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of rapier-wit heroines like Georgia Nicolson will lap up Patty's glib humor and lively narration, which infuse the story with energy...The book should enjoy wide appeal."

The Patch:
"A lovely and surprising story that will certainly be enjoyed as a read-aloud."
-School Library Journal

"A well-paced, reassuring offering on an unusual topic, and the bright, cheerful, scribbly drawings of twirling, high-spirited Becca and her friends reinforce the messages of normalcy and acceptance."

—Publishers Weekly


Justina Chen Headley's life were a map, it would be dotted with destinations from around the world. Despite her ability to get lost anywhere, she revels in traveling and has lived in Australia and China. Her first young adult novel, Nothing But the Truth (and a few white lies), won the 2007 Asian Pacific American Award for Youth Literature. Her second book, featuring a gutsy snowboarder, Girl Overboard, won praise from Olympic Gold Medalist and fellow snowboarder Hannah Teter. Justina is a co-founder of readergirlz, an online book community for teens, and lives in Washington with her two children. You can visit her online at justinachenheadley.com.

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