Truth to Tell

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by Nancy Bond. Novel. 320 pages. Grades 6-9.
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This is the fascinating story of a teenager, Alice, and her mother, Christine, who emigrate to New Zealand. Christine has dragged Alice there in order to make a new start. Christine is to be employed, she thinks, as a sort of secretary by a rather eccentric old woman, Miss Fairchild, who is to write a history of the mansion in which they live. Her job turns out to be more housekeeper and nurse than secretary and it is very much in doubt that Alice's step-father will show up. When he does, he is quite irresponsible, often leaving a mess for Alice and Christine to handle. In the meantime, Alice has been enrolled in school where, among other friends, she meets Margery, who has been inspired by the paintings of Miss Fairchild. The truth Alice seeks is that of her true father. Is it Toby Underwood, the dead war hero that she's always been told was her biological father? Or is Len her father?

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