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Tru Confessions


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Janet Tashjian is the author of acclaimed books for young adults, including The Gospel According to Larry, Vote for Larry, Fault Line, Multiple Choice and My Life as a Book. Disney adapted Tru Confessions into a television movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. Tashjian studied at the University of Rhode Island and Emerson College. She lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family.


As a 12-year-old grapples with her two ambitionsÄto cure her developmentally delayed twin brother and to host her own TV showÄher quirky, witty diary offers a "poignant and clever take on everyday life," said PW's starred review. Ages 9-12. (Mar.) r

Gr 4-6‘Trudy Walker would like to have her own TV program and find a cure for her developmentally delayed twin, Eddie. She is trying to deal with her mother's dates and worrying about getting Billy Meier to like her. Most of all, she feels guilty for being "normal" and blames herself for Eddie's condition. She tells her story through an electronic journal, though the high-tech angle loses something when put between the covers of a book. Eddie's computer-generated pictures appear throughout. Trudy plays with different fonts and occasionally adds graphics of her own. Unfortunately, the quirkiness quickly wears thin. In her attempt to get her own television show, Trudy enters her video about Eddie in a local public-access station's contest. Naturally, she wins, allowing her to preach about her brother and others like him to a wide audience. She is a loving and protective sister, though she is not above using Eddie for entertainment value herself. Perhaps her best moment comes when she realizes that she will mature, but Eddie never will. It's touching without being too sloppy. The most overdone element is her on-line chats with deedee, who is secretly Trudy's mother. This is a case of the gimmick and message getting in the way of the story. In addition, though none of the other characters ever achieves any depth, Trudy's voice at least is, well, true. A slice of life with a sermon running through it.‘Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA

"[Readers] will laugh their way through Tru's poignant and clever take on everyday life." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"Fast and funny first-person novel." --Booklist"This warm, funny debut has well-developed characters and a fast-moving plot." --Kirkus Reviews

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