• Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

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. What is fact and what is fiction? Katie no longer knows what to believe.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 360
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Mystery
BISACS YAF046110, YAF062000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 550
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Author/Illustrator note, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Geoffrey Girard

Geoffrey Girard writes thrillers, historicals, and dark speculative fiction for adults and teens. His first YA, the techno-thriller Project Cain, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. His short fiction has appeared in several best-selling anthologies and magazines, including Writers of the Future. Born in Germany and shaped in New Jersey, Geoffrey currently lives in Ohio where he is the English Department Chair at a private boys' high school and teaches creative writing, philosophy in literature, and horror. He has a BA in English literature and an MA and MFA in creative writing.



“[F]or those who like their action stories with a political bent, this should satisfy.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“[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.”—starred, Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“A beautifully written, captivating must-have that will hook readers from beginning to end. Fans of mysteries, thrillers, and historical fiction will all find something to enjoy here.”—School Library Journal

Kristen Simmons

“Examines one of the most critically-regarded events in history through the eyes of a tenacious teen who kept me up at night, challenging the things I’d previously regarded as fact. A deep, yet approachable story, both thrilling and touching.”—Kristen Simmons, author of the ARTICLE 5 Series and Metaltown

Mindy McGinnis

“With compelling characters and non-stop action, Truthers will leave you thinking.”—Mindy McGinnis, Edgar-winning author of A Madness So Discreet and The Female of the Species

Natalie D. Richards

“Girard is a skilled storyteller, weaving history and conspiracy into a thriller that’s bold, smart, and impossible to put down.”—Natalie D. Richards, author of Six Months Later and One Was Lost