The Truth Against the World is an interesting ghost story. Olwen Nia Evans and Gareth Lewis, two young people a world apart, connect through the internet.
In California, Olwen (Wyn for short) posts some of her puzzling dreams on her blog. Her great-grandmother Rhiannon is terminally ill, and Wyn's life is shadowed by this imminent loss.
Gareth, in London, has also been having strange dreams. After a disturbing incident in Wales involving the ghost of a young girl near a grave marked Olwen Nia Evans, Gareth has had more than dreams to contend with--photographs show images that can't be explained and his phone seems to have a ghostly connection.
Gareth's online search for an Olwen Nia Evans leads him to Wyn's blog. The two begin a conversation and discover that both families have roots in the same small Welsh village.
Wyn tells Gareth that her family will soon be visiting Wales to honor Rhiannon's wish to die there, in the village where she was born. Gareth arranges to visit his great-grandfather in order to unite with Wyn and hopefully solve the mystery behind their strange dreams.
This YA/Juv novel provides an interesting plot with likable characters and a supernatural element that works well. No gratuitous angst or sexual imagery. No condescension to a false image of adolescence. A neat little ghost story that both Middle Graders and adults can enjoy.
I particularly enjoyed the inclusions of the Welsh language and proverbs.
Read in January; blog post scheduled for May.
YA/Middle School. June 8, 2014. Print version: 360 pages.