Truancy Origins

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Fifteen years ago, the Mayor of the Education City was presented with an unwelcome surprise by his superiors: twin six-month-old boys. As the Mayor reluctantly accepted the two babies, he had no way of knowing that they would change the city forever….

Raised in the comfort of the Mayoral mansion, Umasi and Zen are as different as two brothers can be. Umasi is a good student; Zen an indifferent one. They love their adoptive father, but in a city where education is absolute, even ...

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Overview

Fifteen years ago, the Mayor of the Education City was presented with an unwelcome surprise by his superiors: twin six-month-old boys. As the Mayor reluctantly accepted the two babies, he had no way of knowing that they would change the city forever….

Raised in the comfort of the Mayoral mansion, Umasi and Zen are as different as two brothers can be. Umasi is a good student; Zen an indifferent one. They love their adoptive father, but in a city where education is absolute, even he cannot keep them sheltered from the harsh realities of the school system. But when they discover that their father is responsible for their suffering, affection turns to bitterness. Umasi and Zen are thrust onto two diverging paths. One will try to destroy the City. The other will try to stop him.

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PRAISE FOR TRUANCY:

“This astounding and action-packed novel by a 15-year-old New York City student is sure to appeal to adolescents everywhere…. It’s sure to be a big hit, just the kind of subversive tale YA’s recommend to each other.”—Starred review, KLIATT

“The premise of teens combating an oppressive education system will entice readers.”—Booklist

“This promising debut is ultimately a coming of age story.... Fukui was 15 when he wrote it and displays perception and profound insight unusual in someone so young. The story is entertaining while it dishes out insightful social commentary.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Zen and Umasi, the teenaged adopted sons of the mayor of Education City, rebel against the rigid strictures of society and the educational system and join the outcasts on the streets. But they have very different values and goals. Zen is determined to destroy the school and the City and establish himself as leader of the Truancy, a company of teens who have been expelled, while his gentler, more humane brother wants to protect the common people of the City, even if it means destroying his own brother. Fukui's second novel reads like a futuristic Lord of the Flies with gangs of boys running wild through an urban jungle battling one another and the Enforcers (for those of us who lived through the 1960s, the word "pigs" springs immediately to mind). Fukui's dramatic and compelling dystopian world will initially capture the imaginations of teens who are disenchanted with school and home and the limitations imposed upon them by adults. Unfortunately, the overwrought writing style, stock characters, underdeveloped plot, and nonstop mayhem are unlikely to hold their interest.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765322623
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ISAMU FUKUI was seventeen years old when his first novel, Truancy, was published to rave reviews and significant publicity, including three interviews on National Public Radio and features in The New York Daily News and Esquire.com. He lives in New York, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2008

    la la

    woo hoo!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2011

    Recommended- Fast and stunning read

    Isamu Fukui is a delightful author that, despite being young, excites the reader and has made the book an excellent page-turner. He writes the story from the perspective of all of the main characters; which gave him the option to quickly transition from the characters to stray away from an interesting plot turn. This is one of my favorite books by far; it contrasts the plight of students in a conformed society with the need to survive for those that were not allowed or were expelled from school. The radical life change in Zen and Umasi is exemplified throughout the story and can bring a rise and fall in the hearts of readers. "Open your eyes and look at the City! We hold its entire fate in our hands. Together, we can change this City for the better!" Zen. This quote symbolizes Zen's rebellious nature while Umasi has a calmer and less radical demeanor. Overall, this book has shown me the need to use reason in some instances, or opinions in others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Overwhelming

    Did you know the author's name, isamu, spelled backwards is Umasi?! Anyways, this book is a must read that will make you close to tears after reading both trauncy and trauncy origins.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    awesome in every way!

    This book is really good aand you should deffinatly read it.

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