New YA Featuring 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Exposes the Complicated Nature of Truth

Truthers YA Conspiracy Book by Geoffrey Girard author note

The latest YA novel from Carolrhoda Lab explores the meaning of truth in a time when alternative views and versions of events are the norm.

Truthers, by Geoffrey Girard, follows 17-year-old Katie Wallace, who was only a year old when terrorists struck American soil on 9/11. But now her dad has landed in a mental institution after claiming that the attacks were part of a government conspiracy. Katie is drawn into the strange world of conspiracy theorists. What is fact and what is fiction? Katie no longer knows what to believe.

Publishers Weekly gave the title a starred review:

“A fast-paced nail-biter with a resourceful heroine, packed with surprises that force readers to question every revelation and take nothing at face value.”—Publishers Weekly

In an author’s note at the end of the book, Girard shares why he felt compelled to write about this tragic event sixteen years after it happened. Read More

Addressing Charlottesville with kids—New York Times recommends THE WHISPERING TOWN

Interior spread from THE WHISPERING TOWN

In a recent piece, “How to Talk to Your Kids About Charlottesville,” New York Times children’s book editor Maria Russo featured Jennifer Elvgren’s The Whispering Town among “children’s books about people — including kids — who helped in the fight against Nazis and against racism here in the U.S.”

Based on a true story, The Whispering Town tells the story of a brave child named Anett in Nazi-occupied Denmark. Anett and her parents hide a Jewish boy, Carl, and his mother in their cellar until a fishing boat can take them across the water to safety in neutral Sweden.

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