Noreen Stall is a teenager you want to alternately give a hug and give a hard shake. True Confessions tells the story of Noreen Stall – seventeen year old girl with a knack for trouble. She lands in Pembina Lake, MB and shakes up the residents of the town. Martha Brooks has written a compelling portrait of the people of Pembina Lake and the stranger, Noreen. All the characters pull on your heartstrings. You want things to turn out well for them. This book would make a marvellous companion to the overused, well-loved and out of date, Outsiders. I was particularly taken with the characters of Wesley Cuthand and Dolores Harper. Although the book is not about indigenous Canadians or indigenous culture, these characters and this book turns against the tide of street people and alcoholics and toward a more complex picture of modern indigenous, in this case, Cree, people. A must for a school library collection.