Patricia MacLachlan has done it again.
“Done what?” I hear you asking.
She’s written a beautiful book about difficult relationships and finding your way through them. In The Truth of Me, Robbie’s parents send him to his grandmother’s house for the summer. They are touring with their woodwind quartet for the summer.
Robbie is fine with that – he feels more connected with his grandmother than with his mother. He feels that his mother loves her violin more than she loves him. As he spends time with his grandmother, he learns more about his mom, her childhood and his grandmother.
And after facing an emergency with his grandmother, Robbie learns about himself, finding a way to connect with his mother.
Highly recommended for ages 6-10, either as a read-aloud or a reader (depending on reading ability).