Mostly the Honest Truth (Hardcover)

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Mostly the Honest Truth (Hardcover)


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“When Jane finds herself in foster care while her father spends another stint in rehab, she’s determined not to make friends with anyone because this is the last time they’ll be apart. As days go by and she settles into Three Boulders, Jane realizes that family is more than your relatives — it’s who stands by you when you need them. Wonderful characters and authentic voices make this story one for all to share.”
— Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, TX

A pitch-perfect story exploring the many meanings of family, Jody J. Little’s tough yet tender debut is perfect for fans of Leslie Connor and Katherine Paterson.

After Pop is sent back to rehab, Jane Pengilly arrives at her newest foster home determined to stick to the straight and narrow and get back to her beloved dad as soon as she can. It’s not the first time they’ve been apart, but Jane’s determined it will be the last.

Twelve days out in the boonies of Three Boulders makes Jane miss Pop more than ever. But as the days go by, she realizes that family is more than who you’re related to—and that a home can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

Mostly the Honest Truth sparkles with a fully realized supporting cast, a safe and supporting setting, and a writer whose ability to imbue her stories with love and hope marks her an author to watch.

Jody J. Little is an elementary school teacher in Portland, Oregon, who loves sharing her joy of books with her students. She is the author of Mostly the Honest Truth and Worse Than Weird. Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @jodyjlittle.

Product Details ISBN: 9780062852496
ISBN-10: 0062852493
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 12th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English

“Jane is an old-fashioned fix-it kid in this sweet story of folks young and old in need of what the Three Boulders stand for: forgiveness, redemption, and community.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This upbeat tale portrays a hero’s journey that takes a community to complete.” — Kirkus Reviews

“To get to Three Boulders, turn right at the juncture of sadness and courage, keep straight to the edge of wisdom, and take the fork to understanding.  You won’t want to leave that magical place.” — Susan Patron, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Higher Power of Lucky

“Jane Pengilly is prickly, persistent—and an utter delight! She, and the other inhabitants of Three Boulders, will take your heart apart and put it back together again. A superb debut.” — Leslie Connor, author of The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle