Tru & Nelle by G. Neri

Tru & Nelle

Long before they became famous writers, Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) were childhood friends in Monroeville, Alabama. This fictionalized account of their time together opens at the beginning of the Great Depression, when Tru is seven and Nelle is six. They love playing pirates, but they like playing Sherlock and Watson-style detective...

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Tru & Nelle Reviews

  • Ivonne Rovira

    Author

    has created a pearl in his children’s book

    , which gives readers a glimpse into the lives of the dainty dandy Truman Streckfus Persons and the neglected tomboy Nelle Lee before they, respectively, turned into the legendary writers

    and

    .

    Crafted as a series of interlocking short stories, this sweet novel delivers a fictionalized glimpse into their lives during the time when they were next-door neighbors in Monroeville, Alabama, in the 1930s. W

    Author

    has created a pearl in his children’s book

    , which gives readers a glimpse into the lives of the dainty dandy Truman Streckfus Persons and the neglected tomboy Nelle Lee before they, respectively, turned into the legendary writers

    and

    .

    Crafted as a series of interlocking short stories, this sweet novel delivers a fictionalized glimpse into their lives during the time when they were next-door neighbors in Monroeville, Alabama, in the 1930s. We discover that Truman was already witty and flamboyant as young as 7, and Nelle was uncompromising, brilliant, and resourceful when just 6. They were two eccentrics in a place and time that had no tolerance for such — which is why they became such fast friends. We see the seeds of Atticus Finch in Nelle’s father, the commanding lawyer A.C. We meet Tru’s irresponsible parents, the starry-eyed con artist Archulus Persons and the narcissistic, free-spending beauty Lille Mae Persons. Readers will delight in the scenes with Tru’s childlike cousin Sook, memorialized in Capote’s delightful

    . And readers will get a closer — and fairer — look at the other cousins who get a somewhat bad rap in

    .

    My one qualm is that, while

    will enthrall adults familiar with

    and

    , I am not sure that its target audience of children would enjoy these slow-paced, nostalgia-tinged stories. Oh, well! Like Archulus and Tru himself, we’ll just dream big and hope for the best.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group, HMH Books for Young Readers, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)

    This is a great book that is fiction but based on some true events between authors Tru Capote and Nelle Harper Lee. I love Breakfast at Tiffany's and read Harper Lee's To Kill A Mocking Bird back in school, it is on my to be reread list. I think this is a great book for younger children and anyone who enjoy these two authors. It gives us a fun glimpse into the lives of two very famous authors when they first meet and start writing.

    When I received a package of middle grade books to review, my so

    This is a great book that is fiction but based on some true events between authors Tru Capote and Nelle Harper Lee. I love Breakfast at Tiffany's and read Harper Lee's To Kill A Mocking Bird back in school, it is on my to be reread list. I think this is a great book for younger children and anyone who enjoy these two authors. It gives us a fun glimpse into the lives of two very famous authors when they first meet and start writing.

    When I received a package of middle grade books to review, my son and I decided who would read which and this one ended up in my pile. He now has it in his to read as he saw how much I was enjoying it.

    The two kids meet and they could not be any more different from each other, Tru is very clean and proper, not fitting in with the other boys. Nelle is a tomboy through and through! She reminds me of Annie, tiny but tough. Doesn't mind getting her hands dirty and loves a good adventure. Tru loves to solve mysteries but isn't a fighter, he's a story teller. They both love to read Sherlock Holmes mysteries and have their very own adventures together.

    This is a fun novel about a time during the great depression and the kids having fun with their imagination. I love how these two play together and become friends. Tru is left with family while is mother is doing her own thing and his father is trying to come up with a great scheme to make them lots of money. A fictitious memoir.

    I give this book a 4.5 stars out of 5. A great read, I am sure my son will enjoy it. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sarah

    Anyone who knows me knows To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time. Oddly, I've had an ARC of this sitting on my to read stack for months and have just now gotten around to reading it. I think in part I was put off by the large print and wide margins (though I read enough children's lit that this shouldn't matter) as well as being hesitant to have the image of my beloved Nelle clouded by someone else's interpretation. Reading through this fictionalized historical account of the pair

    Anyone who knows me knows To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite book of all time. Oddly, I've had an ARC of this sitting on my to read stack for months and have just now gotten around to reading it. I think in part I was put off by the large print and wide margins (though I read enough children's lit that this shouldn't matter) as well as being hesitant to have the image of my beloved Nelle clouded by someone else's interpretation. Reading through this fictionalized historical account of the pair's friendship I kept mentally checking it against what I have read about Nelle Harper Lee, her novel, and the movie. I am unsure as to where the line between the author's poetic license and fact takes place but, as I know far less about Truman Capote's life, I tried to simply read the story as written. Tru is the real focus here and the book chronicles his imagination and desire for adventure. Undoubtedly, my enjoyment would have been far less had these two not been the subject matter. Nonetheless, it is definitely a fun, spirited read. Also makes a great case for raising children without access to a television set because these two sure were able to entertain themselves in far better ways than the Disney Channel. I'm not sure about the final copy but the ARC has additional author's notes about their background as well as stories he imagines the youngsters might have banged out on the typewriter gifted to them by Nelle's father.

    One other note: the copy I have says the targeted readers are grades 4-7. I think the reading level is quite a bit lower. More like 2-5 (and a low fifth grade at that.) Although Truman does, on occasion, use high-level vocabulary there are always enough contextual clues if not the actual definition outright for the reader to be able to deduce the words' meanings.

  • Angie

    Como leí en otra opinión de goodreads el libro puede ser protagonizado por cualquier niño que tenga ciertas características, lo que lo hace especial es que sean Tru y Nelle; aunque si no conociéramos a dichos escritores probablemente pasaría a ser algo sin importancia. Lo que quiero decir con esto es que el libro queda un poco cojo porque lo difunden como "la novela basada en la amistad de Truman Capote y Nelle Harper Lee" y de eso no hay mucho.

    Por otro lado, el libro es muy tierno y divertido.

    Como leí en otra opinión de goodreads el libro puede ser protagonizado por cualquier niño que tenga ciertas características, lo que lo hace especial es que sean Tru y Nelle; aunque si no conociéramos a dichos escritores probablemente pasaría a ser algo sin importancia. Lo que quiero decir con esto es que el libro queda un poco cojo porque lo difunden como "la novela basada en la amistad de Truman Capote y Nelle Harper Lee" y de eso no hay mucho.

    Por otro lado, el libro es muy tierno y divertido. Lleno de misterios y costumbres.

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  • Rahmadiyanti

    Sampul buku, Harper Lee, dan persahabatan. Tiga hal tersebut yang menarik bagi saya tentang buku ini. Bagaimana dengan Truman Capote? Ya sejujurnya, saya belum pernah baca karyanya. Punya sih yang In Cold Blood & Breakfast at Tiffany's, tapi belum tertarik dibaca :P.

    OK, jadi buku ini adalah novelisasi kisah persahabatan Tru (Truman Capote) dan Nelle (Harper Lee). Saya selalu suka dengan kisah persahabatan, apalagi ini adalah persahabatan dua penulis besar Amerika. Seperti saya sebut di atas,

    Sampul buku, Harper Lee, dan persahabatan. Tiga hal tersebut yang menarik bagi saya tentang buku ini. Bagaimana dengan Truman Capote? Ya sejujurnya, saya belum pernah baca karyanya. Punya sih yang In Cold Blood & Breakfast at Tiffany's, tapi belum tertarik dibaca :P.

    OK, jadi buku ini adalah novelisasi kisah persahabatan Tru (Truman Capote) dan Nelle (Harper Lee). Saya selalu suka dengan kisah persahabatan, apalagi ini adalah persahabatan dua penulis besar Amerika. Seperti saya sebut di atas, saya belum pernah baca karya-karya Capote, tapi karya Lee... wooo, saya ngefans dengan Atticus! Haha. Eh, maksudnya saya suka pakai banget dengan Too Kill a Mockingbird (TKaM) :D. Membaca Tru & Nelle seperti mengenang kembali beberapa karakterisasi tokoh dan sedikit cerita di TKaM. Nelle adalah Scout. Tru adalah Dil. Jem adalah Big Boy. Ruang pengadilan, AC Lee (Atticus? Teteepp... :D), masalah ras, dan KKK. Nggak heran juga, karena kisah persahabatan masa kecil Capote & Lee kabarnya yang menginspirasi lahirnya TKaM, novel peraih Pulitzer tahun 1961.

    Tidak terlalu banyak drama dan konflik dalam buku ini, tapi saya menikmati. Menarik bisa menelusuri masa kecil dua penulis besar. Kesukaan mereka pada aktivitas membaca, menulis, petualangan, dan... rumah pohon (aaa!). Lantas, apakah persahabatan mereka lurus-lurus saja? Di akhir buku dilampirkan catatan dari penulis tentang sekelumit masa dewasa mereka.

  • Churin

    This book.

    THIS BOOK ASDFGHJKL

    So so so cute :3

    Tru was this well-dressed, well-spoken boy with a quirky, slightly a manipulative mind and super soft blonde hair. And Nelle is this tomboy, brash but honest and innocent girl with unkempt short hair and much beloved overalls.

    This book is simply the most delicious strawberry cake I've ever read.

    But I'm not saying that this book is super sweet or as sweet as a lump of sugar.

    This book is like a well-balanced cake, a mixture of just the right amount of

    This book.

    THIS BOOK ASDFGHJKL

    So so so cute :3

    Tru was this well-dressed, well-spoken boy with a quirky, slightly a manipulative mind and super soft blonde hair. And Nelle is this tomboy, brash but honest and innocent girl with unkempt short hair and much beloved overalls.

    This book is simply the most delicious strawberry cake I've ever read.

    But I'm not saying that this book is super sweet or as sweet as a lump of sugar.

    This book is like a well-balanced cake, a mixture of just the right amount of sugar with the smooth-textured butter, balanced with a pinch of salt and the tangy sweet-sour taste of strawberry. And you can taste a hint of bitterness from baking powder, since it's a cake.

    One thing I don't really love about this book is the character's persona kind of change along with the flow of the story? Now, I know that people do change, it's just, I feel like from around the middle of the book up to third last chapter, they were out of characters.

    But I still think this is a great book. If you like Harper Lee and or Capote, I think you will adore this book..

  • Kirsty

    is still my favourite novel of all time; I still remember how awestruck I was at its beauty when I first read it as a nine-year-old. I'm a big fan of Truman Capote's too; I have read all of his work at this juncture, and have adored almost all of it. When I found out about G. Neri's fictionalised account of the childhoods of Nelle Harper Lee and Truman Streckfus Persons - Nelle and Tru - then, I just had to read it.

    The opening paragraph which Neri has crafted sum the pair u

    is still my favourite novel of all time; I still remember how awestruck I was at its beauty when I first read it as a nine-year-old. I'm a big fan of Truman Capote's too; I have read all of his work at this juncture, and have adored almost all of it. When I found out about G. Neri's fictionalised account of the childhoods of Nelle Harper Lee and Truman Streckfus Persons - Nelle and Tru - then, I just had to read it.

    The opening paragraph which Neri has crafted sum the pair up perfectly: 'When Truman first spotted Nelle, he thought she was a boy. She was watching him like a cat, perched on a crooked stone wall that separated their rambling wood homes. Barefoot and dressed in overalls with a boyish haircut, Nelle looked to be about his age, but it was hard for Truman to tell - he was trying to avoid her stare by pretending to read his book'.

    The entirety of

    is beautifully written, and Monroeville immediately springs into vivid life. Neri has a deft hand in appealing to all of the senses from the outset, and one is soon aware of the sights and smells which made up the worlds of the children. A lot of factual information about the pair has been slipped in, making

    feel incredibly realistic. Although the book is aimed at a younger ('juvenile') audience, in no way does the prose feel simplistic or dumbed down. The mystery element which was woven in worked very well, and gave an extra layer of focus to the whole. The dialect is handled well, and the novel is well stylised; entertaining, evocative, creative, and historically accurate. A must-read for all fans of Tru and Nelle's.

  • TheSnowBook

    Tru y Nelle es una excelente historia acerca de la infancia de dos excelentes y reconocidos escritores: Truman Capote y Nelle Harper Lee.

    Con una prosa bastante ágil, trama simple y divertida, nos adentramos en el mundo de estos dos pequeños que aman leer y que se tiene el uno al otro para complementarse como amigos.

    Los personajes esta bien construidos y la ambientación es muy buena para la época.

    Con referencias al racismo, a la gran Depresión e incluso a la xenofobia, esta novela es muy bonita y

    Tru y Nelle es una excelente historia acerca de la infancia de dos excelentes y reconocidos escritores: Truman Capote y Nelle Harper Lee.

    Con una prosa bastante ágil, trama simple y divertida, nos adentramos en el mundo de estos dos pequeños que aman leer y que se tiene el uno al otro para complementarse como amigos.

    Los personajes esta bien construidos y la ambientación es muy buena para la época.

    Con referencias al racismo, a la gran Depresión e incluso a la xenofobia, esta novela es muy bonita y amena.

    Único punto que podría estar mejor: dentro de la historia me hubiera gustado que fuera un poquito mas hondo y personal acerca dela vida de estos escritores.

    Por lo de mas, recomendable.

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  • Alvina

    Bacaan ringan tentang persahabatan Truman Capotte dan Harper Lee di masa kecil. Siapa sangka kalau keduanya ternyata bersahabat? ;)

  • Macarena Yannelli

    Muy entretenido y conmovedor, narra la amistad durante la niñez de estas dos personas tan exitosas de la literatura contemporánea estadounidense.


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