The Facts Speak for Themselves

The Facts Speak for Themselves

Brock Cole

A young woman adrift in a world where she is neither victim nor fool.

”The subject is a white female, age thirteen. Her score on the standard Stanford-Binet puts her in the low-average quarter of her age group. She appears to be in good physical health. She is small for her age, but sturdily built. She reports that her first onset of menses occurred seven months ago. Her periods are scanty and irregular. A long history of sexual abuse …”

Offended by her social worker’s report, above, Linda decides to tell her own version of her life and circumstances. The Facts Speak for Themselves is Linda’s story, an uncompromising look at a sexually-active adolescent adrift in a world where she is more responsible than the adults around her.

  • Ages: 14 - 17
  • Grades: 9 - 12
  • Pages: 178

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Recent Reviews

''Cole’s most powerful novel to date.

—New York Times Book Review

Not only about the resilience of the human spirit and resourcefulness of children: this astonishing novel also leaves us haunted by its profound message of expiation and renewal.

—San Franciso Chronicle

A fierce, unforgettable analysis of how children are made or broken or somehow survive.

—Chicago Tribune

Pushes the envelope of children’s literature.


A complex character of great emotional subtlety.

—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Brilliantly crafted.

—Kirkus Reviews

Honors for The Facts Speak for Themselves

  • National Book Award Finalist
  • Best Children's Book —Publishers Weekly
  • Editors' Choice—Booklist
  • Deutsche Jungendliteraturpreis Nominee
  • ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers

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