Almost True (When I Was Joe #2)

Author(s): Keren David

Young Adult Fiction (Ages 13+)

A brilliantly thrilling sequel to When I Was Joe by an exciting new teen fiction talent


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Praise for When I Was Joe : * "I was so gripped that I couldn't put it down even to brush my teeth or run my bath." Caroline Lawrence, author of the Roman Mystery books. * "An edgy and contemporary thriller about the life changing dangers of knife crime" - Lovereading * "This book is exceptional! Buy it. Read it. Love it. I do! "- The Bookette * "Simply a stunningly good book." - The Bookwitch * "This book is just brilliant...everyone should read it." - Once Upon a Bookcase * "This wonderfully gripping and intelligent novel depicts Ty/Joe's confused sense of identity in a moving and funny story that teenage boys and girls will identify with... When I Was Joe is available to buy now and if, like me, you enjoy reading this book you will be overjoyed to hear that there is a planned sequel entitled Almost True due to be published in August 2010." - Bookzone4boys A perfect blend of tense situations and intriguing relationships, as Ty struggles to take control of his life, and more interestingly, to develop a piecemeal understanding of his past. Irish Examiner Almost True is certainly a book about big questions: truth, lies, violence, identity, and ultimately the love of others that sustains us when the going is tough. Perhaps Keren David's biggest achievement however is that these issues play second fiddle to the psychological authenticity of her troubled hero, and the longing she rouses in the reader for Ty's ultimate redemption. Books for Keeps Ty's voice is pitch perfect, so that reading Almost True feels almost like listening to an actual teenage boy relating his own edgy and seriously gripping sequel with every bit as much impact as the previous book. I'd urge everyone to pick up Almost True, because once you do there's no way you'll want to put it down again. Powerful and real, this one will stay with you. I Was a Teenage Book Geek I didn't want this to end... I strongly recommend you read this book now, you won't be disappointed. Beaucoup Review It combines excitement with teenage realism, to create a unique teen book and it always has you sitting on the edge of your seat. Mile Long Bookshelf Almost True is written with consummate skill. It's fast paced, hugely enjoyable and slightly addictive - I would not leave my room until I had finished! Empire of Books Towards the end I had to put my book down and take a little break because my heart absolutely ached for Ty. Everything feels so authentic that it's hard to believe that these characters are fictional. Clover at Fluttering Butterflies Keren David is an extraordinary writer, and if you don't go and read her books and praise her almost immediately, then I promise that I will virtually murder you with a broom... It may be the first romance this year that did not make me want to flush my head down the loo. Book Bug The first thing that struck me about this book was the beautiful illustration on the cover and the rest of the book lived up to this promise Keren David is a master of suspenseful, contemporary writing Bookette The language used is clear and relatively straightforward and this makes the narrative accessible to a wide age/skill range. The multiplicity of viewpoints and Ty's growing recognition of other people's expectations make the plot more emotionally complex and incerases the satisfaction of reading and the reader's belief in the characters. This book will appeal to a wide range of potential readers with the suspense and pace of a newspaper story allied to a realistic insight into Ty's emotions and thought processes. As the book progresses you can see Ty becoming more mature and more thoughtful, reflecting on his mistakes and learning to enjoy his new relationships. A good modern thriller with a very positive message. School Librarian Gripping, well crafted and resisting the temptation to tie things up too neatly, this is a challenging and rewarding book for teen readers. INIS A brilliant climax to the story Keren David started so successfully in 'When I Was Joe' makes this a red hot recommendation for all fans of the superb original. If you haven't read that one yet, buy them both at once - you wont be disappointed if you like action-packed but character driven YA novels. The Book Bag Almost True' is no less terrifying, and is just as well written and addictive as the first book. As I said in my 'When I Was Joe' review last year, I still think everyone, especially in schools, should be introduced to Ty's story. I'm positive it would have a knock-on effect, and would show students that knife crime can happen anywhere, to anyone. Awareness is key, and that's what Keren David brings to the table here. Well done to her. With her first person narratives, rambunctious realism and gripping plots, Keren David is a 'rising talent' who will be unstoppable in her ambition. Nominated for the Carnegie Medal and Highly Commended for the Booktrust Teenage Prize, David's crackling debut novel 'When I Was Joe' and its sequel 'Almost True' have attracted attention for their lively confident plotting full of drama and tension and their strong characters. Books for Keeps

Keren David was brought up in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire and went to school in Hatfield. She left school at 18 and got a job as a messenger girl on a newspaper, then turned down a place to read English at university to take an apprenticeship as a junior reporter. She was freelancing as a reporter on the old Fleet Street by her mid-twenties and, after living and working in Scotland for two years, was appointed as a news editor on The Independent at the age of 27. She worked at The Independent for six years, moving from news to become a commissioning editor on the Comment pages. She and her family then went to live in Amsterdam for eight years where she was editor in chief of a photo-journalism agency. On returning to the UK in 2007 she decided to attend a course on writing for children at the City University. When I Was Joe started out as a project for that course. She lives in London with her husband and two children and is currently writing a sequel to When I Was Joe and studying for an Open University degree in Humanities with Art History. To read a Q&A with Keren David, click here

General Fields

  • : 9781847801012
  • : Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • : Frances Lincoln Childrens Books
  • : August 2010
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Keren David
  • : Paperback
  • : 2010
  • : 823.92
  • : 368