Terry Trueman at the Teen Book Festival April 4!

Terry Trueman is one of our Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival authors that will be here on April 4!

Five Fun Facts about Terry:

1. I shave my head almost every day.
2. Dogs are my favorite animal.
3. I rode/drove a motorcycle from age 16 to 60, 44 years experience before I crashed on July 5 2008, ending my cycling career.
4. Speaking of cycling, I HATE riding bicycles.
5. I also hate any foods with any member of the bell pepper family (green, red or yellow) in them.

Terry’s Books:

Cruise Control

A talented basketball player struggles to deal with the helplessness and anger that come with having a brother rendered completely dysfunctional by severe cerebral palsy and a father who deserted the family. This is a companion book to Stuck in Neutral.


Everything is gone. Everything except for the desperate courage of those who survive that terrifying night. After hours of cowering in the dark with no lights, no warmth, and the terrible noises of the rain and wind pounding on the walls, José walks out his front door and steps into a nightmare.
But his nightmare has only begun as he and the few who are left in his small village start to pull their lives back together.
Based on Hurricane Mitch’s devastation of Honduras in 1998, Terry Trueman’s powerful story is about a young boy’s fear and courage in the face of a force of nature too huge to even imagine.

Inside Out

A sixteen-year-old with schizophrenia is caught up in the events surrounding an attempted robbery by two other teens who eventually hold him hostage.

No Right Turn

I heard the gunshot and I knew what had happened. How do you live your life after catastrophe hits your family? Three years later Jordan is a self-described zombie. No real friends, no interests, nothing. But then salvation comes, in the most unlikely form. It’s gorgeous, it’s beautiful, it’s sexy. It’s a 1976 Corvette! Terry Trueman’s new book is a powerful exploration of the spirit, both fragile and resilient, of a boy desperate for a lifeline to hold on to.

Sheehan : heartbreak and redemption ; featuring an interview with Printz Honor author Terry Trueman

A poem first published in chapbook form in 1992. The accompanying interview was begun in 2002, revisited in 2004, and completed just prior to its 2007 publication.

7 Days at the Hot Corner

Varsity baseball player Scott Latimer struggles with his own prejudices and those of others when his best friend reveals that he is gay.

Stuck in Neutral

Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.


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I'm a teen services librarian in Chili (pronounced Chai-Lie) New York with a passion for engaging teens in the love of reading, libraries and having fun!
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