Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year

Shortlisted 2022

Truth be Told by Sue Divin

Truth Be Told

By Sue Divin

Tara is from Derry, Faith is from Armagh; their lives are very different, but they look exactly the same – they just don’t know why…

Two teens from very different backgrounds – Tara, the Catholic daughter of a two generation single parent family, and Faith, the daughter of strict Evangelical Protestants from Armagh, come face to face at a residential and discover they look almost identical. A DNA test reveals they are related, and that Faith’s father is not who she thinks – while Tara has never known hers. Between them, they set out to unravel the mystery of their shared parentage, but in doing so set in motion a series of revelations about the pasts of both their families. Meanwhile, they are also dealing separately with their own issues – Tara angry and grieving after the sudden death of her boyfriend Oran, and Faith hiding her true sexuality from her family for fear of being disowned.

About Sue Divin...

Sue Divin is a Derry-based writer but, hailing originally from Armagh, can’t quite classify herself a ‘Derry Girl.’ With a Masters in Peace and Conflict studies and a ‘day job’ in Community Relations/Peace building for over fifteen years, Sue’s writing often touches on diversity and reconciliation in today’s Northern Ireland. Truth Be Told is her second YA novel for Macmillan, following her debut, Guard Your Heart.

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