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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Nothing But the Truth is a documentary novel, meaning that the author conveys the actual story through all sorts of different types of documents: journal entries, memos, letters, newspaper articles, transcripts of telephone calls or conversations.  The varied use of documents results in the reader seeing multiple points of view throughout the course of the story; in one scene, Avi shows the reader how Miss Narwin feels by showing the reader a letter she had written her sister.  Then later, the reader might be exposed to Philip Malloy's version of events by reading a snippet of his journal entry.  Ultimately, the reader realizes that there is no clear or 'true' version of any event; truth depends entirely on perspective, an idea which evolves into a major theme in Nothing But the Truth.

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