PReSENTiNG the FiRST EVeR
Close encounters with author Terry
Author Terry Trueman will be visiting the Rochester area during Teen Read Week™ to speak with teens and other fans of his books Stuck in Neutral (winner of a 2001 Michael L. Printz Honor for Excellence in Young Adult Literature) and its companion novel, Cruise Control.
The entire Greater Rochester community is encouraged to read two novels: Stuck in Neutral and Cruise Control, by award winning author for teens, Terry Trueman. Copies of both books are available at all libraries in Monroe County Library System.
The novels are companion books: stories about the same events told by two very different characters.
In Stuck in Neutral, readers meet fourteen-year-old Shawn: he can’t move or communicate because of a profound,developmental disability, but he has an amazing inner life no one knows about.
Cruise Control is told from Shawn’s brother’s perspective. Paul is fiercely loyal to his brother, yet frustrated by the impact his brother’s condition has on his family. Both brothers believe their father is planning to kill Shawn, as an act of misguided mercy. The subject matter of these books is intense, but handled with a deft touch of humor.
Readers will want to talk about Shawn, Paul, and their lives! They will have questions that only an author can answer. A visit with Trueman always involves a lot of laughter and some crazy hijinks. Participants in the Greater Rochester Teen Read will be impressed with the way this talented and accomplished author genuinely connects with teens through his writing and in person.
Teen Librarians across Monroe County Library System are encouraging everyone to read teen books! The entire Greater Rochester community is encouraged to read Terry Trueman’s novels and discuss them with him at one (or all) of our events. Copies of both books are available at all libraries in Monroe County Library System.
Meet Terry Trueman Schedule of Events (Books will be available for purchase and signing!):
Monday, October 18th, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Kate Gleason Auditorium
115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604. (directions here) For more information call Teen Central at 585-428-8450. No registration necessary.
This event is sponsored by The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. The Central Library is handicapped accessible. To request specific accommodations, contact Deborah Nevin at 428-8304 ten days prior to the program.
Tuesday, October 19th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Pittsford Community Library
24 State Street, Pittsford, NY 14534. (directions here) To register for this event, visit or call the Library at 585-249-5481.
This event is sponsored by:
Friends of the Pittsford Community Library
Friends of Brighton Memorial Library
Friends of Fairport Public Library
Friends of Henrietta Public Library
Friends of Irondequoit Public Library
Friends of Penfield Public Library
Friends of Webster Public Library
Wednesday, October 20th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Ogden Farmers’ Library
269 Ogden Center Road, Spencerport, NY 14559. (directions here) To register for this event, visit or call the Library at 585-617-6181.
This event is sponsored by:
Friends of Ogden Farmers’ Library
Friends of Chili Public Library
Friends of Gates Public Library
Friends of Parma Public Library
Friends of Seymour Library, Brockport