Tru Confessions

Janet Tashjian

Henry Holt and Co.

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Twelve-year-old Tru wants two things more than anything else in the world--to find a cure for her twin brother, Eddie, who is developmentally delayed, and to create her own television show. So the day Tru learns about a teen video competition on the local cable network, she knows that this is her change to make both of her dreams come true. But the more she gets involved in the making of her video documentary about Eddie, the more Tru begins to understand his special needs and the complexity of her relationship with him. Eddie seems like a burden from time to time, but he just may be the most important person in Tru's life.

Written in the form of a computer diary, this refreshingly humorous novel, narrated by a sassy heroine sensitively portrays the struggles and triumph of living with a sibling with special needs.

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Tru Confessions
ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK.Enough About You, Let's Talk About MeMost of my friends call me Trudy, but Denise and my family call me Tru. I keep asking my mother if I can change my name to Leah or Jamie or some normal name. She won't let me because everyone in her family for two hundred years has been named after a famous writer. I tell her Judy Blume and Ann Martin are famous writers and they have normal names, but she says Gertrude Stein was a writer from the twenties and I should be proud to be named after her. My mother was named after Virginia Woolf--another great writer but a

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A New York Library's "Books for the Teenage" list choice
A Bank Street College "Best Children's Book of the Year"
A Women's National Book Association "Judy Lopez Memorial Award Honor Book"

"Neither flippant not angelic, this promising first novel strikes a refreshingly honest tone." --Publishers Weekly, starred

"This warm, funny debut has well-developed characters and a fast-moving plot." -Kirkus Reviews

"The story is as a good mix of well-handled subject matter and reader appeal." -Booklist

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Janet Tashjian

Janet Tashjian received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. The Tashjian family is the recipient of the Kennedy Foundation Award for work in the field of mental retardation.

Janet lives in the Boston area with her husband and young son. This is her first book for young readers.

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Janet Tashjian

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Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature (Women's National Book Association), NYPL Books for the Teen Age

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
October 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466822917
ISBN10: 1466822910
Middle-Grade Fiction174 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$4.98

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Square Fish
October 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312372736
ISBN10: 0312372736
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 176 pages
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 920LL
F&P Level A-Z: S
AR Quiz Number: 36563
AR Points: 3

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