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Truth or Dare [Paperback]

Celia Rees
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9 Jun 2000
A room of secrets in a house of lies...When Josh explores his grandmother's house he finds an attic up a closed-off staircase. In it is a collection of strange drawings by his uncle, Patrick, who died suddenly in his teens. But he has no grave, and his name is never spoken. And Josh begins to uncover the dark truth his family has hidden for forty years...""Truth or Dare" doesn't let up - and hits you with a final twist." - "Daily Telegraph". "An unsettling, unputdownable mystery." - "TES". "A moving book." - "The Times". "Cecila Rees recounts a terrible human tragedy." - Children's Book of the Week, "Guardian".

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 2 edition (9 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330368753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330368759
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Celia Rees was born in Solihull, West Midlands, UK. She studied History and Politics at Warwick University and then went on to teach English in city comprehensive schools for seventeen years. She now divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, and teaching creative writing.

She has written over twenty books for older children and teenagers, and has become a leading writer for Young Adults with an international reputation. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and she has been short listed for the Guardian, Whitbread and W.H. Smith Children's Book Awards, as well as numerous regional awards in the UK and America. Witch Child won the prestigious Prix Sorcières in France in 2003, and the Di Cento Prize in Italy, 2001. Her latest book, The Fool's Girl, is published, April 2010.

Celia lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with her husband, Terry. Her daughter, Catrin, now lives and works in London.

Celia has a Fan Page on Facebook and her own website:

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Truth or Dare is a dynamic and at times disturbing novel by Celia Rees--an author who has a particular talent for grasping on to the unknown and developing characters and plots which work together so superbly that the reader finds himself lost in a world that once seemed unbelievable but suddenly becomes all too real.

In Truth or Dare, Josh finds himself lost in the centre of a family crisis when he is whisked away to stay at his dying grandmother's house for the summer. With a combination of haunting and worry driving him to find something to occupy his time and his mind, he begins to delve into his own family history and discovers that the man who, had he lived, would have been his Uncle Patrick, died in mysterious circumstances as a teenager. With his family refusing to talk about it, and only local gossip and an abandoned room filled with strange possessions that once belonged to Patrick, he starts to peel back the layers of his family's life until he is faces with the ultimate, shocking, truth.

Truth or Dare is a thoroughly gripping novel which uses an intriguing device to unfurl the story--Josh himself is seen digging into the past, but his mother, Joanna, looks back on the her youth and for the first time confronts the reality of what happened to her family through the pages of her journal.

A fascinating book that is fast-paced and thrilling to the core, Truth or Dare is truly unforgettable. Age 11 and over. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

A room of secrets in a house of lies....

When Josh explores his grandmother's house he finds an attic up a closed-off staircase. In it is a collection of strange drawings by his uncle, Patrick, who died suddenly in his teens. But he has no grave, and his name is never spoken.

And Josh begins to uncover the dark truth his family has hidden for forty years.....

'Truth or Dare doesn't let up - and hits you with a final twist.' Daily Telegraph

'An unsettling, unputdownable mystery.' TES

'A moving book.' The Times

'Cecila Rees recounts a terrible human tragedy.' Children's Book of the Week, Guardian

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book ! Definitely should be read! 5 Jan 2001
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'Truth or Dare' is a gripping read.It has a meaningful plot about a boy who, staying at his sickly grandmother's house one summer, discovers the true chilling history of his mother's family's past.I liked this book because it is full of suspense and the characters are well described. I also learned a bit about the 1950's. I particularly liked the way Celia Rees writes through the child's eyes, showing that dealing with a parent is sometimes very hard! I think you should read this book, especially if you have read 'Witch Child' or any of her other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 18 Nov 2006
this book is one of the best i have ever read! Celia Rees has the most amazing style of writting droping the tiniest hints as the story goes on about something that happened along time in the past and once you pick up on them you will never be able to put this book down. the horror and the exitment of this book can shock you in many different ways! definatly a good book to read if you like mystery!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars wow! 19 Nov 2003
By Marly Z
This book is not at all what I expected it to be like when I first picked it up. It's very deep, it makes you think alot and certainly left me wondering long after I'd finished the book.
The book gives the impression it's mainly about Josh, but I think the main plot is more about Joanna, Patrick, Paul and the others, and Josh was just a way to allow the readers to find out what happened all those years ago. It's keeps you guessing throughout the whole book and although it was slow to start and a bit boring at times, it is an amazing read and worth reading.

It's about a boy (Josh) who has to spend his summer at his sick grans house, but while he's there, he notices strange things, like a nailed up window, photo's with a missing person, a suitcase filled with old memories, but all seemed to be linked to one person in particular, and that person died years ago at the age of 13 and has not been spoken of since.
But soon Josh starts to unravel the mystery and when the truth finally came out I felt my surprise as much as Josh must have.
It is a great read, definatley worth borrowing, if not buying but you will want to read it time and time again, because you will definatley miss things out the first time which you wouldn't be able to understand without reading the whole book. It gives an insight to what life was like in the past and how some people don't want to find the reason behind mental disabilities, just a cure.

The only thing that let it down was that it was a bit boring and unbelievable at times (gets cleared up at the end) but other than that, perfect!
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not as gripping as I expected. 13 Aug 2013
Firstly, a disclaimer. This book is aimed at young adults. I'm 39. So it's never going to 'grip' me like an adult thriller would - even so I found myself skipping to get to the good bits that actually moved the story along. The autism/Aspergers diagnosis wasn't much of a surprise. I think this would make a better film than a book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 8 Jun 2013
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Always a good read, read it when I was a kid and just had to read it again, so interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but at times a little predictable. 8 July 2012
Telling the story of Josh Parker a pre-teenager whose Grandma isn't well and who goes with his Mum to stay with her during her illness. Josh soon uncovers some secrets at his Grandma's which ultimately lead into even bigger secrets which date back to his Mum's childhood and the mysterious death of his Uncle Patrick.

I enjoyed this story but at times I found it a little predictable, I was enjoying it enough to carry on reading and wanted to find out what had happened in the past, as it was clear that there were hidden secrets to be unearthed. I loved the developing friendship between Josh and Katherine the young lady who he developed a crush on that lived next door to his Grandma. I did think the end was a little rushed though and would have loved to have found out a bit more but I suppose it leaves it uo to us the reader to decide what happened in the future.

It just goes to show how times have changed with the way children with Aspergers and autistic tendencies are looked after.
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