THE RING OF TRUTH by Susan Beth Pfeffer


Age Range: 11 & up
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 Sloan Fredericks, 16, has lived with her wealthy grandmother ever since her mother, father, and brother Tyler were killed in a car accident that she miraculously survived. Her life at home and private school is quiet--until Lieutenant Governor Mark Heiler kisses her at a large party. When her best friend Justine claims to have had a past dalliance with Mark, Sloan finds herself embroiled in a sex scandal. In the name of party politics, Sloan's grandmother asks her to recant her story, but in the end Sloan--struggling to come to terms with recently revealed secrets (Tyler's alive but hopelessly brain-damaged; her inheritance will be minuscule)--is unwilling. Initially, readers will be excited by the potency of the situation; as events begin to spiral out of control, Avi's Nothing But the Truth (1991) springs to mind. But the comparison is premature; rather than delivering insights into politics or December-May harassment, Pfeffer hangs her story on arbitrary elements that make this ``ring of truth'' a fairly hollow exercise. (Fiction. 11+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-553-09224-3
Page count: 182pp
Publisher: Bantam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1993


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