Medina Journal-Register — Medina native Julie (Gardner) Berry will celebrate her major young adult debut book “All the Truth That’s In Me” with a launch party at the Shirt Factory Cafe at 7 p.m. Oct. 23. The party is hosted by Lee-Whedon Library (which is currently closed due to interior renovation work) and books will be provided for sale by The Book Shoppe.
For Berry, a mother of four school-age children, All the Truth That’s In Me marks an exciting debut in the young adult genre. All the Truth has been released nationally by Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, and has been sold to publishers in 12 other countries or language territories.
This past spring, Penguin featured All the Truth and its author prominently at major publishing events including Book Expo America in New York City and the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. Berry’s trip to Medina wraps up the tail end of a national tour to promote All the Truth to booksellers across the country, with stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake City, western New York, and the Boston area.
All the Truth That’s In Me tells the story of a Judith, a young woman in an ambiguously colonial setting who was kidnapped as a teenager and returns to her village two years later with her tongue cut out. Reviled by the villagers and former friends, the lonely Judith silently pours out her thoughts in powerful prose to Lucas, her childhood friend and only love. When her town comes under siege, Judith knows that the truth she was silenced for can save the village – but how can she speak up when she has no voice? Judith’s quiet but relentless narration in All the Truth That’s In Me unfolds an intense mystery and romance as she struggles for a voice of her own.
Berry grew up in Medina and now lives in the Boston area with her husband and four sons. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College in writing for children and young adults. The Amaranth Enchantment (2009 Bloomsbury), a Junior Library Guild selection and Indie Next Top Ten pick, was Berry’s first book, followed by Secondhand Charm (2010 Bloomsbury) and the Splurch Academy for Disruptive Boys series of comic/graphic novels (2010 Grosset & Dunlap/Penguin Books for Young Readers). All the Truth That’s In Me was released Sept. 26 in bookstores nationwide. For more information, visit www.julieberrybooks.com or www.allthetruththatsinme.com.