The Size of the Truth (Sam Abernathy Books) (Hardcover)

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“Andrew Smith has long been my favorite YA author, and his middle grade debut is magnificent. The Size of the Truth fills my heart to bursting. What does an 11-year-old boy do when he is afraid of disappointing his father, whose dreams for him are different than his own? Especially when he has no memory of the days he spent at the bottom of a well when he was four years old but lives with extreme claustrophobia (and annoying celebrity) as a result? And when the school jock, who he thinks could be a murderer, might just be something entirely different? Smith weaves a story of great heart, love, bravery, and promise with his signature humor and imagination (including a talking armadillo). Falling in love with this book is as easy as falling down a well.”
— Kathy Adams, Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, MN


A boy who spent three days trapped in a well tries to overcome his PTSD and claustrophobia so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a famous chef in Andrew Smith’s first middle grade novel.

When he was four years old, Sam Abernathy was trapped at the bottom of a well for three days, where he was teased by a smart-aleck armadillo named Bartleby. Since then, his parents plan every move he makes.

But Sam doesn’t like their plans. He doesn’t want to go to MIT. And he doesn’t want to skip two grades, being stuck in the eighth grade as an eleven-year-old with James Jenkins, the boy he’s sure pushed him into the well in the first place. He wants to be a chef. And he’s going to start by entering the first annual Blue Creek Days Colonel Jenkins Macaroni and Cheese Cook-Off.

That is, if he can survive eighth grade, and figure out the size of the truth that has slipped Sam’s memory for seven years.

About the Author

Andrew Smith is the author of several novels for young adults, including WingerStand-Off100 Sideways Miles, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Grasshopper Jungle. He lives in a remote area in the mountains of Southern California with his family, two horses, two dogs, and three cats. He doesn’t watch television, and occupies himself by writing, bumping into things outdoors, and taking ten-mile runs on snowy trails. Visit him online at
Product Details
ISBN: 9781534419551
ISBN-10: 1534419551
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 26th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English
Series: Sam Abernathy Books