The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan is a short but deep book about a boy, his dog, and his grandmother.
Robert's musician parents are on tour, Robert is pleased to stay with
Maddy, his eccentric grandmother. Robert's parents are impatient with
Maddy's stories, and even her friend and doctor Henry is skeptical, but
Robert believes wholeheartedly in Maddy's tales of her adventures with
the animals that live in the forest next to her house. Robert has many
anxieties, though: will his dog Ellie be good with the animals? Will he
ever feel as close to his parents as he does to Maddy? Does his mother
love her violin more than she loves Robert?
As with all of
MacLachlan's books, this is a quick read written in simple language. The
author does an excellent job of providing, with just a few descriptive
phrases, reams of information about the characters and the setting, so
that readers can easily picture Maddy's cottage and garden, Ellie's
hound-dog soulfulness, the campsite in the woods where Robert meets
Maddy's wild friends. I know fans of this author will be looking for
this book, and it might earn her some new fans, as well.
(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)