One Speck of Truth

One Speck of Truth

Alma has everything she needs, except answers to her questions. Her mother won?t tell her why her beloved stepfather, Adam, is suddenly gone this summer. Or about life in Portugal, where her parents met. Not even about her father, who Alma cannot find, no matter how many graveyards she searches with her best friend, Julia. Then Alma?s mother shocks her by moving them both t Alma has everything she needs, except answers to her questions. Her mother won?t tell her why her beloved stepf...

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Title:One Speck of Truth
Author:Caela Carter
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:006267269X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

One Speck of Truth Reviews

  • Becky Shaknovich
    Jun 12, 2019
    This is the second book I?ve read by this author (My Life With the Liars was the first), and I?m starting to think I really like Caela Carter! Other reviews complain about the unlikeable mother, but that?s actually the whole point. Children with unreliable, dishonest, and otherwi...
  • Tamsyn
    Jun 04, 2019
    3.5 stars. I liked a lot about this story, but the mother was extremely frustrating and infuriating past the point of believability. Decent resolution and a small glimpse of Portugal made it more enjoyable. ...
  • Mimi
    Jan 21, 2019
    I appreciated the real, flawed characters in this story. For me, it was a page-turning, tear-jerking thriller, and my heart connected with Alma as she obsessed over finding her dad. Lots of complex relationships and bumpy self-discovery that resolve in a middle grade-appropriate way wh...
  • Elizabeth
    Jun 07, 2019
    not great... ...
  • Courtney
    Dec 30, 2018
    I was given an advanced copy from Edelweiss for my honest review, here it is. The fact that there was not one single adult who would stand up to her mother for this poor girl's sake really made me angry. ...
  • Shauna Yusko
    Feb 24, 2019
    Not sure about this one. ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 09, 2019
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Alma has been raised by her single mother since the death of her Portuguese father when she was young. Her mother had attended college in Lisbon, where the two met, and has steadfastly refused to answer any questions about Alma's father. She won't even say ...
  • Katie
    Feb 15, 2019
    Reading One Speck of Truth was like climbing the old, narrow stairs in Lisbon; Caela Carter offered glimpses of beauty along the climb, but obscured the full truth until the end. Like Alma, I missed seeing some of the truth that should have been visible and thought I knew what had only...
  • Liralen
    Jun 28, 2019
    There's a lot that Alma's mother isn't telling her: where her father is buried. Why her stepfather left. Why Alma isn't allowed to ask questions. Why the furniture is disappearing, piece by piece, from the house. It's only days before they get on an aeroplane that Alma learns the answe...
  • Clover White
    Jun 05, 2019
    Well, if there was ever a story to hammer home the idea that ?honesty is the best policy?... Very interesting story, but I find it hard to believe that the mother in the story consistently refused to answer questions, or failed to see the daughter?s need for answers. Other charac...
  • Shirley Freeman
    Feb 21, 2019
    Twelve year old Alma's life has been consumed by questions - primarily about her apparently deceased father. Alma's mother and grandparents excel at prevarication and never answer her questions. Both Alma and her mother grow up a bit in this coming-of-age story about discovering family...
  • Momo
    Jan 15, 2019
    3.5 When I started this book, after the first 30 or so pages, I was very nervous because I didn't really like any of the characters? The mother was pretty terrible, and while I can't fault Alma too much for her behavior given who her mother is + her age I wasn't really feeling conne...
  • David
    Mar 21, 2019
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  • Kathy
    May 14, 2019
    Good book, took awhile to get into it. ...
  • Darla
    Feb 10, 2019
    This book was filled with questions and the answers were too few or too late. Alma was a sympathetic character and I found her understandable. Her mother Mercy was off the charts unbelievable. How could you not tell a 12-year-old she is switching schools and moving out of the country b...
  • Sophie
    Jul 02, 2019
    This book is basically a copy+paste of another J book that I just read recently where the mom is a manipulative liar and the father is a deadbeat and so the protagonist (a twelve year old girl, mind you) now has to be the person to somehow 'fix' her family even though she's literally 1...
  • Amy
    Apr 04, 2019
    I enjoyed this midde-grade book about a girl's search for her father. ...
  • Wendy Thomas
    Jun 26, 2019
    This was probably one of the most frustrating books I have read in a long time. Nobody tells the truth and many of the adults act in very unpredictable and inconsistent ways. But the things I hated about it also made it hard to put down. I was disappointed when I learned the truth beca...
  • Jessie_Book
    Nov 28, 2018
    I don't really know what to say about this book. I just genuinely didn't like it. The only thing that I enjoyed about this book was the best friend. The best friends was so nice to read about, she brought to interesting conflicts to the story without it being too contrived. Besides her...
  • Lara
    May 07, 2019
    As beautifully and emotionally written as Forever, or a Long, Long Time. Ms. Carter understands that kids are smart, they see more than adults assume they see and process them (sometimes in awkward ways), they ask questions, and if their questions aren't answered, they hold them inside...
  • Ireadkidsbooks
    Jan 04, 2019
    An unsettling story of family, disruption, and the insatiable need to answer questions, even if the search and knowledge come at a great expense. Alma's mother is controlling, to say the least, and not at all forthcoming with information about Alma's father. Alma's only friend, Jul...
  • Lynne Carlton
    Feb 07, 2019
    Liked the setting in Lisbon, Portugal but the characters were annoyingly unrealistic in both their treatment of others & their acceptance of the treatment by others. ...
  • Jamie
    Jul 20, 2019
    Eh, I don't recommend this one. Too many lies, too much manipulation--I didn't feel safe as a reader and I felt kind of agitated on Alma's behalf. ...
  • K.C
    May 12, 2019
    Eh. It was just a very eh book. ...
  • Mrs Heidrich
    Jul 19, 2019
    4.5 stars This is about a girl going into Grade 6 that lives with her mum and was told her Dad passed away when she was very young, so she has no memories of him. It's a story of friendship, growth, truth, love and its complications on many levels, family, and figuring out who you are...
  • Alyssa
    Apr 11, 2019
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  • Danielle Koster
    Apr 18, 2019
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  • Kendall Chandler
    Apr 29, 2019
    I love Caela Carter, and once again, I loved this book. It had a great story, and I just couldn't put it down. ...
  • Cassidy
    Jun 15, 2019
    I found One Speck of Truth at the library, on the shelf for the new books. The cover looked like something I'd like, and at the time I didn't have any other books to read, so I took it out and started reading. Unfortunately, the first half of the book or so was very boring and slow-goi...
  • Victoria
    Apr 07, 2019
    I hope this book is good ...