Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel

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Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel
Nothing But the Truth (Avi novel) cover.jpg
First hardcover edition
CountryUnited States
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages177 pp.

Nothing but the Truth: A Documentary Novel is a 1991 novel written by Avi. The novel is historical fiction. It tells the story of an incident in a fictional New Hampshire town where a boy is suspended for humming the United States National Anthem[1] as well as the effects of this story receiving national publicity. The main theme of the novel is the subjectivity of truth and that while individual statements may be true, taken separately they may not give an accurate picture of an event.

Nothing but the Truth won a 1992 Newbery Honor.[2][3] The novel was later adapted into a play.[4]


  1. ^ Odom, Katie (November 26, 1996). "Nothing But the Truth". Rome News-Tribune.
  2. ^ Lipson, Eden Ross (January 28, 2003). "Children's Book Awards Announced". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Awards Are Announced For Children's Books". The New York Times. January 30, 1992.
  4. ^ "School notes". The Kansas CityStar. November 19, 1997.