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The Facts Speak for Themselves [Paperback]

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When she is found standing at the bloody scene where her mother's boyfriend committed suicide and her elderly lover was murdered, thirteen-year-old Linda will have a lot of explaining to do about how things got so terribly out of hand. Reissue.

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Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2006
Publisher   Front Street
ISBN  1932425713  
ISBN13  9781932425710  

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BROCK COLE is the author of several highly acclaimed novels as well as the author and illustrator of many picture books, including "Good Enough to Eat," "Buttons," and "Larky Mavis." He's also the illustrator of "George Washington's Teeth," available from Square Fish. He lives in Buffalo, New York.

Of his first novel, "The Goats," Anita Silvey wrote in a Horn Book Magazine editorial, ""The Goats" reaffirms my belief that children's literature is alive and thriving." Betsy Hearne, editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, lauded it as "one of the most important books of the decade."

Brock Cole currently resides in Buffalo, in the state of New York.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( C ) > Cole, Brock
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detectives
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Girls & Women > Fiction
5Books > Subjects > Teens > Authors, A-Z > ( C ) > Cole, Brock
6Books > Subjects > Teens > Social Issues > General

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A Child's Tale of Abuse  Jul 5, 2007
Linda is thirteen when her mother's ex-boyfriend approaches Linda's lover, who is also her mother's boss, and shoots him. Soon after, her mother's ex-boyfriend also shoots himself, leaving Linda as the only person who could really say what happened.

Because of her age and the complexity of the situation, including the fact that her mother isn't fit to take care of her, Linda ends up in a group home while everyone tries to sort things out. She meets with police officers and psychologists who put together reports on her. One day while the psychologist is out of the room, she reads the report and is offended by the way it makes her sound. She decides to write her own report of her life.

Linda's life was never easy. Her mother and father split up when she was a small child because her mother was having an affair. Shortly after that, her father died. The guy with whom her mother was having the affair was young--a college student, whose parents wouldn't let him marry her.

Things go downhill, through Linda's mother's depression and a brief stay with Linda's grandparents, then through a new husband who eventually loses his mind. Finally Linda's family ends up in Florida with her mother's new boyfriend.

Linda likes her mother's new boyfriend, and she likes the place they are living. One day while she is playing in the yard, a man stops his car to talk to her. Soon Linda and this man become lovers, and he gives her mother a job in his real estate company. Linda feels happy and secure, although her mother's relationship is going steadily downhill. But when Linda's lover's wife finds out about their affair, things go badly quickly.

I liked that this book was told entirely from Linda's point of view. It was less horrifying hearing her words directly from her, although it was still an extraordinary tale of child neglect and abuse. It was sad to read about a child who fell through the cracks so many times. There were several different times when someone should have picked up on her bad situation, but she always ended up being overlooked.
The facts speak for themselmselves  Mar 8, 2007
This book had a nice flow, I finished it in about two days. Very interesting, but a little too explicit for innocent teenagers.Its a sad story, the way this young girl is unwanted by any female in her family.She is a pretty tough chic though, always finding a way to survive.
good, not great  May 13, 2004
For me, this book follows the title to the letter. It is told through the eyes of Linda, a sexually active 13 year old of low to average intelligence. She has been forced to grow up at an astounding rate due to the indifference of her mother, raising her brothers and taking care of one of her step fathers after he has a stoke. She is unaware that any of the molesting and emotional damage to her is abuse.

I grew fond of her as the story unfolded but I never loved her. I don't think she quite had the charisma I wanted although I think she certainly had the potential

It might have been because of the way the story was written. It seemed completely stripped of emotion, as the title suggests. But I think this would make it much easier for people to read who haven't come across the subjects before. For example, when she is raped there is very little description other than, "When he was inside me I didn't like it. I hit him. I said hurry up."

I did enjoy this book but I think it seemed a bit mugged in places. It also doesn't use speech marks, which I found extremely annoying and confusing to read. I couldn't say what age range this book should be for. Perhaps 13 +. Some of the things in it might disturb some people but I honestly think it is told in such away that people won't feel nearly as horrified than of something which is told in detail and with emotion.

painfully real bibliotherapy  Apr 1, 2003
: This book is extremely well written and affecting. Since this book contains a realistic portrayal of sexual and emotional abuse, The Facts Speak For Themselves would be an excellent choice for bibliotherapy. I would recommend that a teenager have someone trusted to talk over the subject matter of this book. In fact, this book could be so upsetting that a person who reads this book might need a professional counselor.

Evaluation: The Facts Speak For Themselves by Brock Cole contains a sad and powerful story. Cole writes in a beautiful and simple style that gives us access to Linda�s inner thoughts. The protagonist in this book, Linda, is a victim of years of psychological, sexual and emotional abuse. This abuse is so normal for Linda that she does not recognize it as abuse. As she describes her situation Linda writes in a flat tone about taking care of her little brothers, being molested and watching the murder of her adult lover. It is heartbreaking to see adult after adult either abuse Linda or not offer her any help. Although this is a sad book, in the end Linda is removed from her situation and in a group home. Linda seems relatively happy in the home and she is grateful for the small things like having access to pencils. This ending puts a happy ending on the book that otherwise could make a reader lose all hope.

the facts speak for themselves  Oct 25, 2002
This is a very good story told entirely from linda's point of veiw. With no father and an irrisponsible mother linda is left to take care of herself and the people who are forced on her by family. There is no one to fill in the gaps for the readers of what Linda doesn't understand which makes the book more realistic. It still gives you a very good idead of what is going on in Linda's life even though she doesn't tell you everything. This is a very good book although it does leave some things unresolved at the end of the book.

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