Katie Wallace has never given much thought to 9/11. She was only a year old when terrorists struck American soil. But now her dad has landed in a mental institution after claiming to know what really happened. He insists the attacks were part of a government conspiracy. And he claims that Katie is living proof: the lone survivor of a massive cover-up.
Hoping to free her dad, Katie sets out to investigate his bizarre claims. Soon she’s drawn into the strange and secretive world of 9/11 conspiracy theorists known as the “Truthers“.
Wading through a dangerous web of fact and fiction, questions and distortion, Katie no longer knows what to believe. But she does know that she’s being followed — and that someone is determined to stop her search for the truth.
A novel for teens, exploring 9/11 & our conspiracy culture…
Praise for TRUTHERS
“In this intense thriller… Girard takes readers down a disturbing, provocative path; both sides start to make sense as information is revealed and theories are debated. It’s a fast-paced nail-biter with a resourceful heroine, packed with surprises that force readers to question every revelation and take nothing at face value.” ―Publishers Weekly [Starred Review]
“A beautifully written, captivating must-have that will hook readers from beginning to end. Girard has created a well-developed, quirky, tenacious main character for whom teens can’t help but root.” ―School Library Journal
“[Truthers] moves at a fast clip, and readers will get caught up in both the conspiracy construct (actual Truther theories are explored) and the romance that is as tangled as the web of confusion surrounding September 11.” ―Booklist
“A book teens will love. History, mystery, romance, action, and intrigue–all in one!” ―YA Books Central
Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, and dark speculative fiction. His first book, Tales of the Jersey Devil, thirteen original tales based on American folklore, was published by Middle Atlantic Pressin 2005, followed by Tales of the Atlantic Pirates (2006) and Tales of the Eastern Indians (2007). Simon and Schuster published two Girard novels simultaneously in 2013: CAIN’S BLOOD, a techno thriller, and PROJECT CAIN, a companion novel for teen/YA readers which was nominated for a Bram Stoker award for “Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel.”
In 2017, Carolrhoda Books published TRUTHERS, a YA novel about the 9/11 conspiracy, and Adaptive Books published MARY ROSE, a psychological thriller/ghost novel.
Girard‘s short fiction has appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines, including Writers of the Future (a 2003 winner), Prime Codex, Aoife’s Kiss, The Willows, Murky Depths, Apex Horror & Science Fiction Digest, and the Stoker-nominated Dark Faith anthology. The debut collection of his short fiction, first communions, was published by Apex Books in May, 2016.
Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey currently lives in Ohio and is the English Department Chair at a famed private boys’ high school. Prior to teaching, he worked as an advertising copywriter, web developer and marketing manager. He has a BA in English literature from Washington College and an MA in creative writing from Miami University, where he is now working on an MFA. He has presented and led workshops on creative writing at schools, bookstores and various writers’ conventions/events.
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Becky Richardson says
My favorite childhood event was going to Disney Land every Christmas.
Kate Sarsfield says
My parents had gone to a New Year’s Eve Ball thinking that at 12 & 14, we were old enough to be left for a couple of hours. How wrong they were! Just after midnight it started to snow (this is in Ireland were we don’t get a lot of the stuff!). My sister & I put on our welly boots, hats & scarves and went outside to dance in the snowflakes. Eventually we got cold and tired only to discover that we were locked out. We had to trek a mile & a half to a neighbour’s house to use their phone and suffered the humiliation of being found out. Great memory though!
Sandra Watts says
Mine was going on family vacations. We always had such a good time.
danielle hammelef says
A favorite event of my childhood would have been our summer-long camping trip to Alaska.
When we were young each summer we would drive to a fishing camp, Located in Eastern Ontario, we drove from Montreal. A very simple, rustic and 1950’s era which it was place. Just a lovely, pristine lake where we would swim, fish and eat the fish we caught and go for picnics on a small island closeby with the small motor boat. Life then was beautiful and consisted of easy, perfect days,
Mary Preston says
I can still remember learning to ride a bike.
Going to my lake house in Michigan every summer, for sure!
Ron Pratt says
Grandparents took me to Disneyland without my parents when I was 5
Ella Westrich says
I have great memories of sliding down the slide on our play set when I was younger, and sliding down into a pile of leaves during autumn. 🙂
Cynthia R says
My favorite event of my childhood was spending the whole summer with my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Penny Olson says
I always loved trick or treating.
Jana leah says
One year for Christmas Santa left little baggies of lettuce in the stockings of my sisters & I. There were also notes to go to the garage. In the garage was our new pet bunny.