“Nothing But the Truth” by Avi

My husband is an adulterous reader, always having a number one book going with many runners-ups, a wife and many mistresses. As he devoured a biography of Sir Walter Scott, for instance, he had frequent sessions with a history of the gun powder plot, a children’s book from the ‘50s that told the story of the human body through the metaphor of a city and its services, and eight to ten more. He came to the end of them all with full appreciation and recall, often introducing me to brief glimpses of their more interesting parts. One of the more recent mistresses Bob had was with award-winning children’s author, Avi’s 1992 book, Nothing but the Truth. During prep for my Y.A. class, I went to bed with this wonderful book more than a few times myself. This “documentary novel” is sooooo apt for our time, though text messages would replace memos, I suppose. The book captures the penchant for so many to fail to accept personal responsibility, blame others, and welcome all authority figures around the protagonist to follow their own selfish motives. Result: failure to find positive solutions. Oh Avi, I wish everyone would read your remarkable book!


About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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