NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
In the fall of 1935, Polly, now almost 13, is sent against her will
to Victoria to attend St. Winifred's School for Girls. Polly hates
boarding school as much as she expects to, and is suffused with homesickness
for her happy life with Noni, her beloved grandmother, on Kingfisher
Island. The only good thing about boarding school is Special Art.
Polly's growing desire to become an artist is nourished by her art
teacher and a magical visit to Emily Carr. A conflict develops within
Polly about whether to continue at school because of her art, or to
refuse to go back. An even larger dilemma is when Maud reveals an
enormous secret that threatens to destroy both girls' relationship
In this sequel to THE WHOLE TRUTH, I revisit two themes
I have explored in previous novels: going to boarding school, and
the difficulties of early adolescence. In my first novel, THE DARING
GAME, I created a boarding school based on the one I once attended.
Here I make up a school that is far stricter, with a ridiculous and
unfair headmistress. I also depict how mysterious and scary it was
to grow up in the 1930s, when girls were not given much or any information
about sex or the changes in their bodies.
in this book is also much more of a crisis for her than it would be
in more modern times. Her decision at the end of the book is not one
that every young woman should necessarily make, but my determined
character insisted on it!
I found it so
hard to let go of Polly and Maud that Iím now working on a third book
in this series. It will be called SO HELP ME, GOD. It is set in the
summer of 1951 and is told from the point of view of Maisie, Gregor
and Sadieís daughter, who is now fourteen.