Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel

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Scholastic Inc., 1991 - Juvenile Fiction - 177 pages
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This Newbery Honor Book by acclaimed author Avi is available again through Scholastic--in an After Words paperback edition!

In this thought-provoking examination of freedom, patriotism, and respect, ninth-grader, Philip Malloy, is kept from joining the track team by his failing grades in English class. Convinced that the teacher just doesn't like him, Philip concocts a plan to get transferred out of her class. Breaking the school's policy of silence during the national anthem, he hums along, and ends up in a crisis at the center of the nation's attention.

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User Review  - Angie Fehl - Goodreads

Having also been turned into a play by Ronn Smith, this short YA novel focuses around 9th grader Phillip Malloy whose one moment of acting out becomes a media sensation. Phillip does not get along ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Let me say first that I am a teacher. Secondly, this book aggravates me. And I think the reason this book gets under my skin so much is because Avi has created a story that I can believe. To my mind ... Read full review

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Avi is one of the most treasured and celebrated writers of our time. His work spans nearly every genre and has won nearly every major prize, including two Newbery Honors, for Nothing But the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, and the Newbery Medal for Crispin: The Cross of Lead. He lives in Denver, Colourado. You can visit him at

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