Author Event: Elly Swartz - "Hidden Truths"

Event date: 
11/04/2023 - 2:00pm

Elly Swartz, author of Finding Perfect, Smart Cookie, Give and Take, and Dear Student, joins us for the launch of her new novel, Hidden Truths

This is a free event but you must RSVP in order to secure your spot. You can do so through Eventbrite with the link below (no fees) or by calling us at 781-431-1160 during store hours (also no fees). 

You can add a purchase of Hidden Truths onto your RSVP on Eventbrite. Copies will also be available for purchase at the event. Please note that you must purchase your copy of the book from Wellesley Books in order to have the author sign it at the event. 

If you do not plan to attend the event but would still like to buy the book, you can do so by scrolling down. Just remember that buying the book alone is not the same as an RSVP. 



How far would you go to keep a promise? Told from alternating points of view, Hidden Truths is a story of changing friendships, the lies we tell, the secrets we keep, and the healing power of forgiveness.

Dani and Eric have been best friends since Dani moved next door in second grade. They bond over donuts, comic books, and camping on the Cape.

Until one summer when everything changes.

Did Eric cause the accident that leaves Dani unable to do the one thing in the world she most cares about? The question plagues him, and he will do anything to get answers about the explosion that injured her. But Dani is hurting too much to want Eric to pursue the truth—she just wants to shut him out and move on. Besides, Eric has a history of dropping things he starts. Eric knows that and is determined that this will be the one time he follows through.

But what if his pursuit brings him into direct conflict with another friend? Where does Eric’s loyalty really lie?

Praise for Hidden Truths

★ "A warm testament to the healing power of mutual respect—and doughnuts."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This is an incredible story of friendship, forgiveness, and loss. Readers will find it difficult to put down.”—Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery-winning author of Hello, Universe 

"This novel has it all! Suspense, humor, and so much heart. Swartz perfectly captures the joys and pressures of being twelve. What does it mean to be a true friend? Can real friendship withstand anything? These forever questions are explored tenderly yet honestly in what's sure to be a forever favorite book."—Jennifer Ziegler, author of Worser



Elly Swartz is the acclaimed author of five middle grade novels: Finding Perfect, Smart Cookie, Give and Take, Dear Student and Hidden Truths (coming 10/31/2023). Swartz’s books reflect her commitment to raising awareness about mental health. Her debut novel, Finding Perfect, was named one of the Best Children’s Books About Mental Health by the Child Mind Institute, Dear Student was recommended by Parents Magazine, and her upcoming book Hidden Truths just received a starred review from Kirkus. Swartz studied psychology at Boston University and received her JD at Georgetown University School of Law. She travels the country meeting with thousands of students each year to empower their own personal narrative. Swartz resides in Massachusetts. Connect with Elly at, on Twitter @ellyswartz, on Instagram or Threads @ellyswartzbooks. 


Hidden Truths By Elly Swartz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593483664
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Delacorte Press - October 31st, 2023

Dear Student By Elly Swartz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593374153
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Yearling - February 14th, 2023

Give and Take By Elly Swartz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250618894
Availability: Usually ships to store in 4-6 days.
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Square Fish - October 13th, 2020

Finding Perfect By Elly Swartz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250294135
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Square Fish - October 15th, 2019

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714