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The Facts Speak for Themselves (edição 2006)

por Brock Cole (Autor)

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At the request of her social worker, thirteen-year-old Linda gradually reveals how her life with her unstable mother and her younger brother led to her rape and the murder she witnessed.
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Título:The Facts Speak for Themselves
Autores:Brock Cole (Autor)
Informação:Front Street (2006), Edition: 1, 184 pages
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Cole, B. (1997). the facts speak for themselves. New York: Puffin Books.

184 pages.

Appetizer: Thirteen-year-old Linda was escorted into the police interrogation room with blood still under her nails. After being interrogated about the deaths of two men (a murder-suicide situation between the boyfriend and boss of her mother that Linda is somehow at the center of), Linda is separated from her little brothers and mother, who need her to watch over them, to stay at a center run by nuns.

She has meetings with a social worker to discuss her childhood of abuse, discrimination, abandonment and responsibility over her brothers.

Linda's story is touching, heartbreaking and the amount of responsibility she took on at such a young age is shocking.

This can be a wonderful book to give voice to the secret pains and dark scars that many children and adults have.

Although, as I was reading, I did wish that quotation marks were used to better mark dialogue.

This book may be dark, but it is also real...and difficult to put down after you start reading. (I know that if it were a movie, I'd hate it. It's kind of like Requiem for a Dream. You just know things are going to get worse and worse.)

Dinner Conversation:

"The woman policeman says why don't you come in here, and so I went. It was a little room with a table and some chairs. That was all. Instead of a window, there was a big mirror. I wouldn't look at that. I didn't want to see myself. I sad down and folded my hands. There was still blood under my nails, so after a minute I put them under the table" (p. 9).

"Listen, young lady, Sister says. You're not in charge anymore. This is a difficult situation, and it's going to take a little time to straighten out. Two men are dead, she says and bites her lip.
What two men?
Mr. Green and Mr. Perry.
That was how I found out. Jack had died in the ambulance and Frank had walked down into the basement of the parking ram and shot himself" (p. 20).

"I gave her the facts, and she wrote them up in a preliminary report. I know, because I got it out of her bag when she came back one afternoon to warn me about what was going to happen.
There's going to be a hearing, she says, and I want you to be as straight with the judge as you are with me" (p. 23).

"I want to write my own preliminary report, I said.
She looked at me a long time.
I think that's a very good idea, she says finally.
Will they read it?
Yes, she says. I'll make sure they do" (p. 25).

"Looked at in a certain way, the whole history of the world seemed arranged so we could meet that first time.
He said we were doomed by circumstance. Our fate was in the facts" (p. 141).
  SJKessel | May 21, 2012 |
As Linda speaks about the chain of events that led to the murder-suicide of two men she knew, the tragic story of the 13-year-old's life unfolds. To hear Linda tell it, these are the facts of her existence; nothing to feel bad about. In fact, Linda doesn't feel anything at all. In Brock Cole's somber, skillful narrative, the reader supplies what Linda, at first, cannot--an emotional response to the hard and horrifying facts of Linda's life, which has been characterized by abuse and abandonment. But at the group home for girl's where Linda is staying, the barrier to emotions that Linda has built over the years in self defense shows signs of cracking, and in those small spaces, fragile signs of hope emerge for this bright yet battered child. CCBC categories: Fiction for Teenagers. 1997, Front Street, 184 pages, $15.95. Ages 14 and older. (CCBC-Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1997). Won Booklist Book Review Stars, October 1, 1997 ; United States.

  Kellykhb07c | Oct 30, 2007 |
Wow, what a powerful story. This young adult novel will keep an adult reader hooked till the end. This is no After School Special type teenage book with a lesson at the end. This is a complex tale with a young protagonist who has responsibilities beyond her years. Her narration of the events that lead to the climax build confidence in her mature voice. After the action is over, the reader must reevaluate all assumptions. A knock out read. ( )
  montano | Jul 13, 2007 |
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