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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742754086
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 210

Give Me Truth




When families break down, it’s a moment of truth. A compelling new young adult novel from the author of the 2006 CBCA Honour Book NO WORRIES.

When families break down, it’s a moment of truth. A compelling new young adult novel from the author of the 2006 CBCA Honour Book NO WORRIES.

'I'm an ocean cliff. He's erosion. I feel a large part of me crumbling into the sea, yet somehow I don't mind at all.' Caitlin and David have much in common. They're the same age, they go to the same school, they're both in the school play. And each of them is watching their family fall apart. It's a violent situation, but violence isn't always physical, and neither are threats. In their own ways, Caitlin and David are in it together, but separate. And somewhere, somehow, inevitably, it all has to come to a head. With GIVE ME TRUTH, Bill Condon has written another powerful, memorable novel for young people, with characters who stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742754086
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 210

About the Author

Bill Condon

Bill Condon's young adult novels Dogs (2001) and No Worries (2005) were Honour Books in the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards. No Worries was also shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize in the 2005 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Daredevils made the long-list in the inaugural Inky Awards, Australia's first teenage choice awards. Confessions of a Liar, Thief and Failed Sex God won the Prime Minister's Literary Award - Young Adult.

When not writing, Bill plays tennis, snooker, and Scrabble, but hardly ever at the same time. His dream is to receive a wildcard invitation to play tennis at Wimbledon - if nothing else, his knees would provide great comic relief for the spectators.

He lives on the south coast of New South Wales with his wife, the well-known children's author Di (Dianne) Bates.

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Praise for Give Me Truth

“In GIVE ME TRUTH Condon delves into a harsh reality that many of the intended audience will relate to and builds characters that are likeable, believable and flawed enough to be real . . .”

Viewpoint

“Condon is an excellent storyteller. In GIVE ME TRUTH each character feels so real the emotions throb from the page straight to the reader's heart. . . Condon's ability to balance the highs and lows, while using dialogue, descriptions and images that are concise and believable, makes his story memorable.”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“Bill Condon has built a strong reputation as a prolific writer of YA novels whose work bravely faces uneasy truths. With GIVE ME TRUTH, He takes the reader deep inside two families who are being torn apart. Condon's characters inhabit a world of brutal honesty and that need constant nurturing. The novel is at its best in the quiet moments between characters. Highly recommended for mid-teens.”

The Australian Bookseller & Publisher

“Condon writes with sensitivity and insight, and he has the wisdom not to give every scenario a fairytale ending. The result is a powerful story that lingers in the mind long after the book is finished.”

Good Reading Magazine

“Condon has created some genuinely sweet teenage characters, who need every bit of the strength friendship provides to get them through the adult dramas they confront. Most impressively, he refuses to provide easy answers. I read it in one sitting.”

The Sun Herald

“GIVE ME TRUTH us a finely balanced story: Dramatic, emotional, and loaded with empathy for the young people caught up in the larger struggle. Condon has crafted a book that will resonate powerfully with readers.”

Mike Shuttleworth, State Library of Victoria Newsletter


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