Aug 8 2011
On May 31, Kit Pearson won the Canadian Library Association Book-of-the-Year-for-Children Award for the Whole Truth.The Whole Truth also won the 2012 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award.
Mystery and family loyalty are front and centre in this novel set in 1932 story. Ten-year-old Polly and her older sister Maud are harboring a secret they have sworn never to tell a soul. When Maud goes to boarding school and Polly stays on Victoria Island, a visitor arrives, and threatens to unravel the whole works.
While Kit Pearson writes for predominantly girls, ages nine to 13, she thinks Polly’s transformation over four years and the underlying mystery will appeal to boys as well.
“I think a lot of kids choose the book by the first sentence,” Pearson said from Victoria. “And the first sentence is ‘After it happened, they were sent away.’ And you don’t find out for quite a while what happened so, hopefully, they’ll keep reading.”
Pearson also penned a sequel, And Nothing but the Truth, released in August 2012.