Tru Confessions

Tru Confessions

by Janet Tashjian
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Overview

Tru Confessions by Janet Tashjian

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466822917
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 174
File size: 560 KB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

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. Tru Confessions is her first book for young readers.


Janet Tashjian is a middle-grade and young adult novelist who’s been writing books for children for fifteen years. Her first novel 'Tru Confessions' was made into a critically acclaimed Disney TV movie starring Clara Bryant and Shia LaBeouf. 'The Gospel According to Larry' series is a cult favorite and 'Fault Line' is taught in many middle and high schools. Her novels 'My Life As a Book,' 'My Life As a Stuntboy,' and 'My Life As a Cartoonist' are all illustrated by her teenage son, Jake. Their collaboration continues with a new series, 'Einstein the Class Hamster.'





Janet has been doing school visits for fifteen years; you can email her for details.



You can follow her on Twitter and like her books on Facebook, and check out her YouTube Channel.

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Tru Confessions 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I THINK THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER BECAUSE, IT TEACHES THAT LIFE HAS MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO IT THAN YOURSELF. YOU DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TO THINK ABOUT YOURSELF THERE IS THINGS MORE IMPORTANT TO LIFE THAN YOURSELF. THINGS LIKE YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE REAL IMPORTANT. TRU ACTS REAL SELFISH IN THE BEGINNING OF THE STORY, SHE ONLY THINKS ABOUT HERSELF AND ABOUT KNOW ONE ELSE BUT HERSELF. SHE ALWAYS THINKS THAT EDDIE IS IN HER WAY AND, SHE ALWAYS SCREAMS AT EDDIE. BUT WHAT SHE DOSEN'T REALIZE IS THAT SHE IS HURTING EDDIES FEELINGS. EVERY TIME THAT SHE GETS MAD AT EDDIE SHE, SCREAMS AT HER MOM AS IF ITS HER MOM'S FAULT THAT EDDIE IS MENTALLY CHALLENGED. I HAVE A MENTALLY CHALLENGED BROTHER AND UNLIKE TRU I DON'T FEEL EMBARESSED OF HIM BEING MY BROTHER. IN FACT I AM PROUD OF HIM BECAUSE, EVERYDAY THAT PASSES HE IMPROVES MORE AND MORE. THIS STORY IS REAL SAD AND IT HAS A BEUTIFUL ENDING. TRU FINALLY REALIZES THAT THINGS ARE NOT ONLY ABOUT HER. IN THE BOOK TRU WANTS TO BECOME A STAR AND HER FRIEND TELLS HER ABOUT A CONTEST TO WIN A CHANCE TO MAKE HER OWN TV SHOW. SHE HAS TO ENTER A TAPE ABOUT A SHOW THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO ENTER IN THE CONTEST. SHE STARTS LOOKING FOR IDEAS FOR THE TITLE OF HER TV SHOW AND DECIDES TO MAKE THE SHOW ABOUT HER BROTHER EDDIE. SHE CALLS IT A DAY IN THE LIFE OF EDDIE. WHEN SHE ENTERS THE CONTEST SHE WINS AND SHE GETS HER TAPE SHOWN ON A TV SHOW. I DON'T WANT TO GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY BUT ITS MY FAVORITE BOOK. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYBODY AND ESPECIALLY TO A PERSON WHO HAS A MENTALLY CHALLENGED BROTHER OR SISTER, OR JUST A MENTALLY CHALLENGED FAMILY MEMBER LIKE I DO. ITS GREAT AND I ALSO RECOMMEND FOR YOU TO SEE THE MOVIE ON DISNEY CHANNEL. ITS REAL GOOD AND I GUARANTEE THAT ITS OUGHT TO MAKE YOU CRY. SO TO CONCLUDE THIS REVIEW, I THINK YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE, IN MY OPINION ITS THE BEST BOOK I'VE EVER READ.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read it yet, but I did see the movie on Disney Channel, and if this book is anything like it, then it has to completely rock.
Guest More than 1 year ago
12 year old Tru wants two things more that anything else in the world- to find a cure for her twin brother Eddie, (he is mentally challeneged.) And to create her own television show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just finished reading this book and i love it! i love the way she reaches out to kids who have siblings especially by describing different things that's tru's feeling like jealousy. i would recommend this book to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed this book. It takes you into a the electronic diary of a 12 year old girl named Tru. She is worried about her developementaly delayed brother, Eddie. She also makes up stories about her dad who left them, so obviously this girl has some issues. Tru really wants her own tv show, so she enters a contest for a spot on the public access channel. To find out if she wins, you'll have to buy this excelent book yourself!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first got this book I could not put it down. Trudy lives with her mother and twin brother with special needs. She makes up stories of her father to ease the pain of him being gone. She sticks next to her brother and takes care of him. I have never seen anyone have such unconditional love for another person. She has a huge longing for a t.v. show and she gets it. Her life was filled with so much talent and love, she needed to share her story with the rest of the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Four stars
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is exactly what you've been looking for it's funny but yet sad ...it's perfect!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read Marty Frye, Private Eye and THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LARRY and then i read this book and I plan to soon read Multiple Choice. but this book was probley 6 or 7 on top list. I like how Janet Tashjian makes a serious subject like Mentaly Chalenged people and kind of make it humerous and sad at the same time
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book because it's funny but also sad at the same time. I first saw the movie based on the book. (It was never brought to theaters. It's only showed on The Disney Channel) If you enjoy sad and humorous books you should read it. I reccomend it for ages 9-12.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really great book. I loved the way she would use different styles of writing. It had a bit of everything. I reccomend this book to everybody.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not yet read the book yet But i saw the move and it was fantastic it made me cry cause i am in the same situation with my Brother except we are a year apart i am planning on going to get the book because my older sister says it is an fantastic one thats why i give it a 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I havent read this book yet-but Iam definatly planning to! It sounds grand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that tru confessiosn is a great book for kids and adults. It was so good that disney has or is making a movie about it!!! It is very moving and funny at the same time.